A WORD FROM YOUR PASTOR

Yodh

 

Psalm 119:73-80

 

73 Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.  74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. 75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.  76 Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.  78 Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 79 Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.  80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!”

 

A wonderful recognition by the psalmist in v75.  He recognizes that God’s discipline on him is due to His righteousness.  In other words, God wouldn’t be righteous and holy and faithful, if He didn’t discipline His children.  It was in God’s faithfulness, that He allowed affliction upon His children.

 

And in v76, he prays for divine comfort to persevere God’s discipline on his life.  Not that God would put an end to the discipline, but that He would comfort through it.

 

The Lord’s discipline on our lives is never easy.  Sometimes He disciplines us because of something specific we’ve done, and sometimes He disciplines us because we are by nature sinful creatures.  And while it’s easy to pray that God would remove His discipline, how much sweeter to pray that God would comfort you and sustain you through it!

 

The moss grows in the valley, not on the mountaintop.  So it is with faith.  Our faith grows through times of discipline not during the easy times.

 

As the Lord lovingly brings His discipline upon you, pray that He would give you comfort and sustenance, so that you might persevere it.

 

Love you, and I’ll see you Sunday.

Bro. Chris

 

 

 


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