Today you should read: Psalm 119:57-176
As I am sure you already see, today is a long passage. So this Jumpstart will be 15 pages… not really! I want to focus in on a small portion of this passage today. Verses 113-120 really resonated with me as I was reading and praying through this Psalm.
This stood out to me because I realized that this is the attitude that I should have and the way I should strive to live. This Psalm is a back and forth thought process about understanding the character and attributes of God compared to the world. More often than not we find ourselves looking more like the world. Instead of hating the double minded, we are double minded; instead of rebuking evildoers we are the evildoers. We are the ones who go astray from God’s statutes, and we do not fear the Lord as we should.
We, as followers of Jesus should love God’s law, hope in His word, and keep His commands. There should be a proper fear of the Lord in us. This does not mean that we operate out of fear of being destroyed. Rather, it means that we understand who God is! We know all what He is capable of. I am reminded of Isaiah before the throne of God with the seraphim hovering on each side. Isaiah collapses to the ground before God because the Lord is Holy. He is the creator, and yes he could wipe us all out in a second if He wanted to, but He doesn’t.
When is the last time that you prayed like this? When is the last time that your flesh trembled in fear of the one and only Holy God? Have you taken time to meditate on who God truly is? When we take the time to do this, the stark contrast between us and God becomes very clear. When that is clear, the response of complete thankfulness and proper fear is a natural byproduct. Today pray as the Psalmist prayed.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate