Psalm 119 #8 TETH

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TETH

65 ​​You have dealt well with Your servant,

​​O LORD, according to Your word.

66 ​​Teach me good judgment and knowledge,

​​For I believe Your commandments.

67 ​​Before I was afflicted I went astray,

​​But now I keep Your word.

68 ​​You are good, and do good;

​​Teach me Your statutes.

69 ​​The proud have forged a lie against me,

​​But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.

70 ​​Their heart is as fat as grease,

​​But I delight in Your law.

71 ​​It is good for me that I have been afflicted,

​​That I may learn Your statutes.

72 ​​The law of Your mouth is better to me

​​Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

 

The key theme for our passage is: discipline.  Now, discipline is not fun or enjoyable.  In fact, people spend a lot of their lives from young to old trying to get out of discipline.  But, what if God actually used discipline in our lives to grow us? One step further, what if God disciplining us was actually an example of love?

Hebrews 12:5-11 gives us more insight into this.

 

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:​

​​“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,

​​Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

6 ​​For whom the LORD loves He chastens,

​​And scourges every son whom He receives.”

7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

That passage is telling us that one of the ways that He shows His love for us and His desire for us to have His best is by using discipline and tough times to get our attention.  I Peter 1:6-9

Our passage in Psalm 119 continues this thought.

 

Our goal is to be taughtv. 66 and v. 68

God usesaffliction” (v.67 and v.71) to get our attention to teach us

 

Why do we need this?

Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in Your law. 119:70

 

Our heart has become dull, callous, stupid, unfeeling (other translations).  We had a spiritual heart attack and God needed to take extreme measures to get our heart going again.  One of the tools He uses is affliction/discipline.

Is it fun? No. Do we enjoy it? No.  Does it work? Yes!

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, ​​that I may learn Your statutes. ​​The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver. Psalm 119:71-72

 

Prayer for today:

Lord, help us to see that You can use difficult times in our lives to grow us closer to You.  Help us to see that “You are good, and do good” no matter the situation.  When it is difficult for us to see the big picture and we ask why, remind us that You love us and that You are using this for our good