Psalms 119:41-48

Text:

"41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, 45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes."
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Lexicon:
vs. 41 - steadfast love - "kindness, zeal towards anyone, love, mercy of God towards men, to turn or incline kindness on anyone, grace, favor, grace in the sense of beauty"

vs. 41 - salvation - "deliverance, help, welfare, victory, safety"

vs. 42 - answer - "to give account, to sing, to cry out, used of the shout of soldiers in battle, to testify, to lift up the voice"

vs. 42 - trust - "to confide in anyone, to set one's hope and confidence upon anyone, to be secure, to fear nothing for oneself, to throw oneself or one's cares on anyone"

vs. 43 - hope - "to wait, to be patient, to expect, to trust"

vs. 44 - keep - "to hedge about as with thorns, to keep watch, to guard, to keep safe, to preserve, to attend to anything, to honor and worship God"

vs. 45 - walk - "the place toward which one is going, to go through or over a place, to live, to follow any manner of life, to be poured out, to live in truth and uprightness"

vs. 45 - wide place - "roomy in any or every direction, at liberty, broad (also comprehends height and depth)"

vs. 45 - sought - "to tread or frequent, to follow, to trample with the feet, to beat or rub or tread, to seek, to follow or practice anything, to apply oneself to anything, to hear and answer"

vs. 46 - speak - "to lead, to guide, to bring to order, to put words to order, to speak together"

vs. 46 - put to shame - "disappointed, to fail in hope and expectation, (of the mind) troubled or disturbed or confused, to be silenced, to be astonished, confounded"

vs. 47 - delight - "to stroke or smear, to delight oneself, to be caressed, to be blinded"

vs. 47 - love - "to have affection for, desire, to breathe after anything, an intimate love, to be verdant, to germinate"

vs. 48 - meditate - "to muse, to pray, to speak or declare, to produce, to bring forth, to sing, to celebrate"

What does this reveal about God's character?

God is kind, merciful, loving and gracious.  He bestows this steadfast love on His children.  God is my deliverer and victor.  He fights my battles for me and rescues me from sin.  He is my Savior in the person of Jesus Christ. God will not fail or disappoint me.  When I trust in Him and His word, I do not have to be fearful of men - what they say or how they treat me - because God is faithful to those who trust and delight in Him.  

Questions:

1) Do I receive the steadfast love the Lord offers?  Or do I look to other things or people to fill me up?

2) Have I received the Salvation of the Lord through the person of Jesus Christ?  If not, please visit our Resources page. 

3) Do I have complete confidence in the Lord and His word?  Or do I believe the Bible to be fallible, containing falsities and lies?

4) Do I have a patient, hopeful expectation that God will be faithful to His word and His promises?  Or do I doubt God's faithfulness and goodness to me?  If so, am I doubtful of God because I'm projecting onto Him my experiences with people, who do fail and let me down?  Or am I doubtful because I believe God has failed me?  If the latter, spend some time with God in private and talk with Him.  He is approachable and loving to His children and longs to have an intimate and honest relationship with you.   

5) Is my Christian walk verdant and germinating?  Do I openly bloom with the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24)?  Or are others shocked to find out that I'm a Christian because I don't act any different from them?

6) Have I been meditating on God's word faithfully?  Do I have daily time with Him (speaking and listening), even if only for a few minutes?  If not, there are so many wonderful and quick devotions out there.  Please visit our Resources page for more information.

Prayer:

Father God,  I thank you for your steadfast love and faithfulness, your kindness and mercy, your grace and favor.  You are generous to your children and offer us so much more than we deserve.  We deserve to pay for our sins with death, but you offer us a way out through Jesus and the atonement He paid for us.  Thank you for your sweet Salvation.  Help me to never forget all you have done for me (Psalms 103).  Lord, I pray you would meet me where I'm at today.  If there is any doubt or distrust of you or your word, please reveal it to me now and begin to mend and mold my heart to be more like yours.  I pray that as I live my life, I would bring honor and glory to you.  Lord, help those around me to see you through me.  Help them to see a light in me because of you, and give me the words to say when they ask me why I'm so different from them (Luke 12:12; 1 Peter 3:15).  Keep me humble and keep me close to you all the days of my life so that I can point others to you, fearlessly and boldly.  In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!