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in the presence of God – 514

make me understand the way of your precepts, and i will meditate on your wondrous works. [psalm 119:27]   when i read scripture, i am constantly in awe of God as the first mover to all our interactions with him.    he created us, we were made in his image....

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when i told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes. [psalm 119:26]   a prayer of need:   "when i told you of my ways, you answered me" LORD, hear my confession and answer me. i need you. i cling to the dust. i long to cling to you. i cling to my...

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in the presence of God – 512

my soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! [psalm 119:25]   when was the last time this was your prayer of confession.   "my soul clings to the dust" - there is a two fold confession here. 1) i am hanging on to this world. i am close to...

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your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. [psalm 119:24]   we’ve talked quite a bit about delighting in the testimonies of the Lord. that to delight takes regular consumption, a soft and willing heart to submit, understanding that comes through the...

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in the presence of God – 510

[22] take away from me scorn and contempt, for i have kept your testimonies. [23] even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. [psalm 119:22-23]   we are sojourners in a foreign land. this world is not our home. our...

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in the presence of God – 509

you rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments. [psalm 119:21]   the psalmist recognized that no goodness comes from pride or disobedience, and we now know that the wages of sin is death. the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus....

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in the presence of God – 507

i am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me! [psalm 119:19]   sojourner - a traveling stranger. this is an identity you have in Christ.   in Christ, you are not a traveling stranger to God. he knows you, he sees you. he is with you....

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in the presence of God – 506

  open my eyes, that i may behold wondrous things out of your law. [psalm 119:18]   do we wonder, do we marvel at God’s law?   open my eyes scripture means very little to our flesh. the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for...

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in the presence of God – 505

deal bountifully with your servant, that i may live and keep your word. [psalm 119:17]   “bountiful” is not a term we use every day--it means generous, but it has the imagery of overflowing, abundant, over-the-top, lavishly generous.  the psalmist puts himself in...

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i will delight in your statutes; i will not forget your word.                [psalm 119:16]   i forget.   i forget when i am under stress or in pain. i forget when i feel lonely, insecure or fearful. i forget when i sin and feel shame.  i forget in the good...

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