Probably the most important discipline I have learned as a believer and follower and lover of Jesus, is to pray His word. When we hide His word in our hearts, we have something of substance to chew and stand on in time of trouble.
Instead of letting worry and fear rile up our insides and give us stomach aches, if we choose to meditate on His word, our heart and soul will know peace. Great peace even in the midst of great trouble. I don’t think I’m wrong to believe that great peace is something we all hope for in this day and age.
The hiding, meditating and speaking of the Word takes practise, it is a choice we make moment by moment. After time, after experiencing the ways God moves on our behalf, it becomes a discipline of much joy as we realize we reap many benefits of the promises of God’s word.
The Hebrew alphabet at the beginning of Psalm 119:161-168 is “Shin”. It represents a chewing tooth or teeth that consume and destroy. Meditating on and speaking out His word is part and parcel of what a ‘chewing tooth’ does. The lies of the enemy of our soul are brought to light and the Word of God consumes and destroys the work of the evil one.
I have been working through the Bible study in Beckoned by the King for the last year and a half. Reading and rereading Psalm 119, longing to have a deeper understanding of how the truths in it can be applied to and lived out in our everyday lives. I can tell you in all sincerity and honesty – my heart has changed so much, its hard to recognize it as mine! The fears, doubts and worries I had have all been swallowed up by the beautiful, life changing word of God. I stand amazed at the work God has done in my heart and soul. I am so thankful for the absoluteness of the confidence I have in Him and in His word.
The NIV Study Bible says this about Psalm 119: “The author of Psalm 119 had a theme that filled his soul, a theme as big as life that ranged the length and breadth and height and depth of a person’s walk with God. Nothing less than the use of the full power of the language would suffice, and of that the Hebrew alphabet was a most apt symbol.”
I’ve made a decision Lord that in spite of the persecution coming my way, I am going to stand ~ For You
My heart will not faint within me, nor shall I let go of the word I have been hiding, guarding and treasuring in my heart.
I am going to let the power of Your word rise up so my heart will stand in awe of Your words.
I will know joy unspeakable, immeasurable as I rejoice at Your word.
I’ve seen how the captors rejoice and hoop at the spoil they plunder…my joy in You will be much greater!
Father God, I have learned over the years, how very much I hate and despise falsehood. I love Your word of truth, God; I love Your word more than life itself.
Early on in my years, I established a habit of praising You seven times a day. Your law, Your word of truth is so righteous; I had to do something to get myself in alignment with You.
That habit? It has served me well for now; all day long I can find reasons to praise You. It’s not hard to rejoice when I consider all You have done for me.
Father, I have learned that as I choose to love Your word, my heart and soul experience a great peace. A peace so settled and deep I know it is a gift from You. Thank You for guarding me and guiding me in the way that is pleasing to Your heart. Nothing causes me to stumble as I love You and love Your word.
God, I have hope in the midst of the darkness, Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and it is the light shining bright within me. Your salvation ~ Sozo ~ rich, full and complete touches every area of my being, therefore I have hope because of Your great gift.
As I live out and apply Your words to my life, my mind is renewed and I come into alignment with Your heart and purposes for me. My spirit, soul and body are synchronized and my walk with You displays Your beauty.
My soul, that part of me encompassing my mind, will and emotions are all turned Your way God. They are fixed on Your word and I don’t allow the enemy to sow tares in my soul. I love Your word exceedingly, beyond anything Lord. Your word is the dearest, most precious treasure and I love it more than life itself.
I have made my choice to follow Jesus and there is no turning back. My heart has received the work of the cross. Your lifeblood was shed for me and You gave all holding nothing back. I release my heart to love You fully holding nothing back.
Your blood shed has made me whiter than snow. Your garment of righteousness covers me and all my ways are before You. I am awed at the depth and power of Your love for me.
I keep Your precepts, Your testimonies, not because I am fully visible to You, not because I feel I have to but because I love You so completely Lord.
I say it again Lord. I love You. Your word is life, and Your word is all I need. Your word is greater than gold, greater than anything the world can offer.
Your loving kindness towards me is better than life! I have been Beckoned by the King and into Your presence I run!
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