Psalm 119:145-152 – I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD, and I will obey your decrees. I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your laws. Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law. Yet you are near, O LORD, and all your commands are true. Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
Is there a SUPRIOR AUTHORITY? Does ABSOLUTE TRUTH exist? Are there principles, statutes and commands that are established to last forever? Is there a POWER that can save and preserve the lives of those who call out with all their heart? Is there a God who has established universal laws and has made promises that are eternally trustworthy? Does He hear and answer cries for help? The Psalmist believes so! That’s why he calls with all his heart for the LORD to answer him and save him! That’s why he promises to obey God’s decrees and to keep His statutes. That’s why he gets up before daybreak to petition God! That’s why he has put his hope in God’s word! That’s why he stays awake through the night, meditating on God’s promises! That’s why he’s confident that God is near, all His commands are true, and His statutes are eternally established!
However, there are always those who are scheming ways to undermine the laws of God and control the establishment. They recognize that their biggest foes are those who believe God and who are committed to following His commands. So, they never rest in devising plans for the destruction of the godly and the elimination of their influence. “Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.”
“Yet you are near, O LORD, and all your commands are true. Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.” The Spirit of Truth helps the Psalmist remember that know matter what opposition he may face from sinful men, God’s statutes and commands are not going to go away! Just because the ungodly disagree with God’s laws, or even because their wicked schemes and agendas sometimes seem to be in control, their power is not eternal – God’s IS! No matter what kind of problems they present us with, no matter what threats to our wellbeing, their opposition to God will not endure. ‘So we may boldly say: " The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" ‘ – Hebrews 13:6. David says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4. GOD IS BIGGER THAN ALL MY PROBLEMS, BIGGER THAN ALL FEARS!
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Thank God for His all-superior authority and truth.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Jim & Carol DeYaeger (Steph), Timothy & Kathy Dick (Thomas, Ava, Maybelle), Frank & Anna Diehl.
- Praise God for His eternal laws and statutes!
- Ask God to preserve your life according to His laws and to deliver you from fears of what men can do to you.
- Pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and that His truth will be established in the hearts of men and women, boys and girls!
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Praise God that His statutes are eternally established – nothing and NO ONE will ever remove them!
- Pray for those who ignore God’s standard of righteousness, that they will be converted.
Prayer Challenge: Pray that God will grant every believer: a passionate devotion to His Word, a humble recognition that we have much room for growth and improvement, His corrective discipline (that may be painful but produces good fruit), and a steadfast courage with strength to endure the arrogance, hostility, ridicule and slander of those who disregard the beauty and authority of God’s Word.