Monday, November 26, 2012

Rivers of Waters

 133Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
 134Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
 135Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
 136Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. 
(Psalm 119:133-136, King James Version)

Rivers of Waters

Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

In just a few short verses, tucked away in the middle of Psalm 119, the writer succinctly and accurately describes our true state of being. We see the daily conflict we face, the oppression from outside, and the divine duty that we so often neglect. Such is our grief at our own failings that rivers of waters run down our eyes.

Our constant prayer needs to be that God would order our steps and keep us from the evil that surrounds us so that iniquity will not have dominion over us. We live in a fallen world that is hurling itself as far away from God as it can get. Satan's devices are swift and devious. The day we truly believe we can live for Christ in our own strength and power is the day we are precariously close to failure.

The writer of Psalm 119 understood that his only hope was to rest in the strength and power of God, alone. This necessitated time spent meditating upon God's Word. We have  God's Word available to us in its entirety, and yet we struggle to find time to spend with God in praise, prayer, and fellowship. Yet, how can we expect to overcome Satan's devices in our own power. We cannot!

Let us, then, join the psalmist in crying out to God: Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. As we are in the middle of another holiday season, let us not become so busy that we forget the things that matter the most. May we resolve to: let the decorating remain undone, let the presents remain on the shelves, but do not neglect our Lord and Savior.

By the grace of God may we be a living example of Christ on this earth. May we shine forth with His promises and His praises, and may our lives reflect the true hope that lies within us. For, when all of the presents are unwrapped, when the holiday goodies are gone, the true reason we celebrate the birth of Christ will remain.

He did not stay as a babe in the manger, but He submitted Himself to His parent's rule, ministered to the people He loved, died for their sins, and rose again, and is, even now, sitting at the right hand of God, the Father, making intercession for us, His people.

It is Christ we love, for He has given us hope, not just for today, but for all eternity. So, then, when we find ourselves not keeping His law, may we, like the Psalmist cry out: Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. Let us rise up and live for Christ--that is why we are here!

God Bless You,
Linda

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