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Psalm 119 – Part 19 A

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PSALM 119:145-152

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145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will keep your statutes.

I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I
may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord,
according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever. Psalm 119:145-152, ESV 

The Psalmist was no different from you and I. He lived in a world full of deceitful men, a world that would easily compromise for worldly gain. He was tempted just as you and I are, yet he continually came back to God’s Word and following God’s Way. He had learned through his own experiences that God’s Word and His Way offered more satisfaction, peace, joy, and fulfillment.

He shares his frustrations, struggles, and triumphs throughout the verses of Psalm 119. In this stanza today we find him calling out to the Lord for answers, especially with those around him seeking to persecute, ridicule, and devour him. He knew when he called out to the Lord He would hear him and deliver him.

Years back a popular song spoke of God looking down on earth from a distance. Yes, He is in Heaven, but God is not far-off or uninterested in you. He desires to have a real, day-in and day-out relationship with you. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  No matter where the Psalmist found himself, he knew he could always call on the Lord and that He would hear his cry and answer him; and he gave testimony to that in Psalm 50:15: “…and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  And, again in Psalm 145:18-19: “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth….He hears their cry and saves them.” The Apostle Paul backs this up as well in Romans 10:13 when he states that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

God is listening. He is waiting for you to invite Him into your day. Share your problems and struggles with Him, and listen expectantly for what He will tell you and show you. He has your best interests at heart and He will always lead you in victory in every area of your life when you seek  Him (2 Corinthians 2:14).

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