Like Newborn Infants | 1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn infants, long of the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation 1 Peter 2:2 ESV Although my second child still less than a week old, I am already joyfully learning from her. You see, this verse keeps coming to my mind as I continuously observe her devoting herself …

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Give Me Understanding | Psalm 119:34

Give me understanding, that I may keep your lawand observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:34 ESV The fifth stanza of Psalm 119, he, continues with this second verse that very clearly parallels the previous one. Where in verse 33 the psalmist prayed to be taught God’s statutes, now he prays to be given …

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The Way of Your Statutes | Psalm 119:33

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 ESV The psalmist begins the fifth stanza, he, with a prayer that is quickly becoming a refrain of this psalm: teach me your statutes. We should notice, of course, that while both verse 12 and verse 26 …

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Enlarge My Heart | Psalm 119:32

I will run in the way of your commandmentswhen you enlarge my heart! Psalm 119:32 ESV We come now to the concluding verse of stanza daleth, and it is remarkably different from where the stanza began. The psalmist opened with the lament that his soul was clinging to the dust, and he called for the …

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I Cling to Your Testimonies | Psalm 119:31

I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;let me not be put to shame! Psalm 119:31 ESV Continuing on from the psalmist’s previous two declarations to put away false ways and to walk in the way of faithfulness through knowing and following God’s law, the writer now cries for the LORD to keep him from being …

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I Have Chosen the Way of Faithfulness | Psalm 119:30

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;I set your rules before me. Psalm 119:30 ESV This verse very much piggybacks onto the previous one. Where the psalmist spoke of putting away all false ways in verse 29, now he resolutely declares his commitment to the way of faithfulness. And where he previously prayed for God’s …

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Put False Ways Far from Me | Psalm 119:29

Put false ways far from meand graciously teach me your law! Psalm 119:29 ESV As we now move into the second half of stanza daleth, the fourth eight-verse section of Psalm 119, the psalmist moves away from his cause of lament and toward resolutions of faithfulness. This verse is a twofold petition to God for …

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My Soul Melts Away for Sorrow | Psalm 119:28

My soul melts away for sorrow;strengthen me according to your word! Psalm 119:28 ESV As we continue stanza daleth of Psalm 119, it continues the theme of lamentation before the LORD; although line two, the psalmist petitions God in prayer for strength in the midst of his sorrow. This verse presents us with a much-needed …

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I Will Meditate on Your Wondrous Works | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Although we discussed the overall structure and content of this verse last week, I found myself this week unable to move on to verse 28. I will meditate on your wondrous works latched itself onto my mind …

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Make Me Understand | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Continuing the stanza of Psalm 119 which corresponds to the Hebrew letter daleth, we come now to verse 27 which very much piggybacks onto verse 26. In the previous verse, the psalmist laid his ways before the …

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