Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thoughts on Psalm 119:12

12 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.

The revelation that the word of God can deliver from the power of sin should result in praising God. Blessed are You, O Lord! Bless the Lord! Thank you Jesus!

But more than that, it should create a desire to learn. If this radical thought of living a life free from the bondage of sin is a reality, then I want to know more! Teach me, Lord, Your statutes!

Freedom is not found in a magic grace pill. It’s found in that implanted word seed - sprouting, growing, and producing fruit. And that growth process is a learning process.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age Titus 2:11-12 NIV

The grace of God teaches. It takes time to learn anything, and almost always requires countless repetitions: Learning, doing, applying, studying some more, try again, fail, study more, fail miserably, wallow in self pity, get up and dust off, pray, try again, do a little better, try again, fail, try again, do much better, fail, give up entirely… and then try again!

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Prov 24:16 NLT

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Ps 37:23-24

Have you failed? Count it as a learning experience. Jesus delights in your way, and He is still teaching you. He isn’t mad that you tripped and fell -  any more than a father teaching his toddler to walk would get mad if he fell on his butt. Rather, he picks him up, kisses him, sets him down and says, “Come on! You can do it! Try again! You’re my son, and you will learn to walk!”

Have you wallowed in self pity? Have you given up entirely? God hasn’t given up on you! Though you fall, you shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds you with His hand!

Sin shall not have dominion over me, for I am not under law, but under grace! Rom 6:14
Whatever is born of God overcomes the world! 1 John 5:4
I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me! Rom 8:37
Now thanks be to God who always leads me in triumph in Christ! 2 Cor 2:14
All things are possible to him who believes! Mark 9:23

Blessed are you, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes!!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.