17 Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.
20 My soul breaks with longing For Your judgments at all times.
21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed, Who stray from Your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, For I have kept Your testimonies.
23 Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
24 Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors.
Sometimes the bookends of the sections help us with the theme. He begins with, “Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live and keep Your word.” Then he ends with, “ Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” This reminds me of Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”
God had given us of His bountiful provision so we may live and keep His word. He has indeed blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. In other words, there is nothing that we need that God has not given us. He has dealt bountifully with us.
Whenever I am struggling with having enough of anything to live my life, the reminder that God has given me everything I need and that if I were to die today I would have full salvation to take me to heaven carries me through. There is nothing in this life that I have truly needed that God has not provided. Most of my needs are spiritual, He has that covered. Some of my needs are relational, He has that covered through my family both physical and spiritual. Some of my needs are provisional, I have never slept on the street nor gone without food nor been deprived. (And those Christians who do find themselves on the street still know the provision of God.)
At the end of the day, God’s testimonies are my delight and my counselors. His testimonies have proven to be true and faithful. I can go to them and find all that I need for life and for godliness.
I have had two meetings this morning already. Both went well. I look forward to a day of preparation.
Pastor Bill will have his service at Sunrise Assisted Living this afternoon. Please keep this in your prayers.
RU will be meeting tonight. Pray with us for God to bring in men and women who struggling with addictions need the Lord and His wisdom and His power.
Kristi Schaefer’s dad, John, had a stroke yesterday morning. He is doing well. He has already had some return of movement. He is talking and thinking well and we are glad for that. Pray for John’s full recovery.
Since we only have two days with the Sivnkstys be sure to plan to be with us for all three services. Commit to this with prayer and attendance.
Have a great day in the Lord,