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Psalm 119 – Part 19 B

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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.
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.

Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord,
according to your justice give me life
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
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 other day we looked at this portion of scripture and learned more about how interested God is in you. We recognize that aspect again today as we see how the Lord desires to preserve our lives and bless us beyond what we can even ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

In verse 145 the Psalmist asks that the Lord give him life. The New International Version says preserve my life, O Lord, according to your laws.” The Lord is in the business of preserving life, but it isn’t just saving life the verse is talking about. When you look up the Hebrew meaning of the word preserve we find again that it means to quicken, to revive, nourish, restore, to recover. That certainly gives us much broader picture of what the Lord does when He preserves our life. That’s what the Psalmist asked for: God’s preservation of reviving his life, nourishing his life, restoring his life to better than it was before.

Ephesians 3:20 shows us God’s perspective on this when the Apostle Paul says “Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us…” God’s preserving, restoring power is at work in you and I because of Jesus, and God will do even MORE than we ask or think because He loves you. 1 Peter 3:12 confirms God’s care, His interest, and His ability to work His miracles in your life: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”

God is so FOR YOU!  Let your heart receive His Word today and be encouraged today that He cares about you, and He is standing with you, ready to do immeasurably more than you can ask or think because of His power operating in your life