"A Longing Soul" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 17 through 20. Is the Psalmist, here, speaking of crops or of money, when he said, Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word? No, he is not speaking of crops or of money. What, then, does he mean? He answers that question in the next verse: "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." Let us turn our hearts and our faces to heaven, for that is our true home. One day, we will be citizens in God's new heavens and new earth. Would it not be better for us to spend our time in this life in preparation for that life to come?
"Your Money or Your Life?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 13 through 16. Years ago there was a famous comedian named Jack Benny, who was known on stage for his love of beautiful women and his love of money. A gunman would walk up and say, "Your money, or your life?" Rather than hand over his money, he would stand there and think about it, first. Our Psalmist equated the way of God's testimonies with having great riches: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. Given those two choices, God's testimonies or great riches, what would we choose? Would we have to stop and think about it before making our choice?
"God's Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 9 through 12. How important is God's Word to us? In this section of 8 verses from Psalm 119, the subject or theme is God's Word. The Psalmist begins with the question, Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? The answer given by the Psalmist: by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Though the answer to the Psalmist's question may sound simple, it really is not that easy, is it? The answer first presumes that we know God's Word, but how do we do that? It takes more than just a cursory reading of the Bible to really know and understand the depth of meaning found within its pages. It always comes back to the heart. How much do we really love God? Is He truly our First Love?
"Direction" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 5 through 8. If you were to stop for a moment and evaluate your present course of life, in what direction would you say you were going? As the Psalmist considered that very question, he seemed to be somewhat uncertain of its answer, or at least somewhat dissatisfied. Let us, by the grace of God, treasure His Word and make it a daily practice to spend time in prayer and Bible study. It is a sad commentary in our day that Satan does not have to forcibly take the Bible away from the common person, he just encourages apathy, until the common person no longer cares to read the Bible.
"Undefiled" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 1 through 4. Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem with 22 stanzas. one stanza for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Within each stanza, each of the 8 verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter. The main theme of this chapter is the Word of God is all-sufficient for all matters of life. In verse 1, the Psalmist begins with a blessing to the undefiled, which begs the question, "Who are the undefiled?" Though it is true that no man, apart from Christ, is undefiled, or perfect, all true believers are considered the undefiled.
"God is the Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 25 through 29. Today's devotional concludes Psalm 118, and comes right on the heels of yesterday's devotional. The Psalmist rightly understood that all of our health, joy, happiness, and even prosperity comes from the hands of the Lord. As Christians have we learned to be full and hungry, or to be abased and to abound? Have we learned that our happiness and joy rests only in Christ and not in the many things offered to us in the world? Let us take some time and read the verses shown above from Psalm 118. Then, let us fall down before the Lord and ask Him to show us how to make those words a reality in our own hearts and lives.
"The Cornerstone" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 22 through 24. I am not a builder so I do not even pretend to know the ins and outs of structures, but I do know that when a block or brick building is constructed it all begins with the cornerstone. The strength of that one block determines the strength of the entire building. Who is this cornerstone? Jesus Christ, Himself, was the stone whom the builders refused, and it is He who has become the chief cornerstone of the entire church of God from the time of Adam and Eve to the present.
"Open to Me" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 19 through 21. It is all about the Lord, is it not? To whom is the Psalmist speaking when he said, "Open to me the gates of righteousness?" Who has the power to open the gates? The Psalmist makes it clear in verse 21 when he said, "I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation." Just as the Lord was the only one who could become his salvation, the Lord was the only one who could open the gates of righteousness.
"Life or Death" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 15 through 18. Psalm 118 presents an interesting scenario for today's teens. Though this Psalm was written over 2000 years ago, it is timely and pertinent to you specifically. The Psalm is filled with double meanings as we ponder the choice we must all make: Life or Death! It would seem to be a simple choice to make, and yet most choose death!
This was definitely an unplanned break. Today I will resume the Psalms video devotions. The devotional today continues with Psalm 118:10-14. This is video #487 on my Devotional Reflections YouTube playlist. There are 630 devotions in this series; my goal is to have them completed by the end of this summer (I have completed 512 to date). Hopefully there will be no more unplanned (or even planned) breaks. Thank you to all of you, my faithful readers.
"My Strength and Song" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 10 through 14. In Psalm 118, the writer of this Psalm gives a glorious tribute of praise to the Lord. Surrounded in battle by his enemies, he called upon God, who delivered him from the sure grasp of the enemy. "They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. . . . The LORD is my strength and son, and is become my salvation." Oh, that we would have such confidence in the Lord our God! Is the Lord our strength and song?
"Misplaced Confidence" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 5 through 9. Where do you place your confidence? Why is it that we all have the tendency to place our confidence in men rather than God? The Psalmist addressed this very question in these verses we are considering in this devotional.
"Undefiled" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 118, verses 1 through 4. In verse 1, the Psalmist begins with a blessing to the undefiled, which begs the question, "Who are the undefiled?" Though it is true that no man, apart from Christ, is undefiled, or perfect, all true believers are considered the undefiled. Though, as a believer, we are still tainted by our sin nature, in our heart of hearts we desire to love and obey God perfectly. In the natural course of sanctification, we should expect to become more and more like Christ through our advancing years.
"All Nations" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 117, verses 1 and 2. Because of God's great mercy, the Gospel has spread to all the nations of the world. Bible have been printed in almost all languages--even today, through organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Bible continues to be published in more and more languages. There is no nation where the true servants of God outnumber the ungodly, yet God faithfully protects and sustains His children.
"Servant of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 16 through 19. Our Psalmist ends this beautiful Psalm with a reminder that he belongs to the Lord. God has loved and protected him even from the fangs of death, and his response is a vow of fealty to the Lord God. In the eyes of all (in the courts of the LORD's house) he will openly pay his vows unto the Lord. As the servant of God, let us turn our face to Him, for He is our only hope, our only joy, and truly our only peace.
"Precious Death" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verse 15. As we continue our devotional series entitled, "First Love," we have reached what is perhaps one of the most interesting, and often quoted verses of the Bible: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Sandwiched between verses that do not even seem to be related, the Psalmist makes a simple point. The death of the saints of God is precious in His sight.
"What Shall I Render?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 12 through 14. The Psalmist asks a simple question: What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? Indeed, what shall we give to the Lord? What can we give to One who has given so much to us? God only desires one thing of us, and that is ourselves. The Psalmist understood this; God has granted such a full and complete salvation, and yet most in this world pass right on by, with not a thought of doing anything else. A simple turning to the Lord would drastically change their lives and set them on a course they would never regret for all eternity.
"Deliverance" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 8 through 11. We have all been there, have we not? Life has thrown us some bitter curves due to the words, actions, or insults from our fellow man. The Psalmist, in Psalm 116, appears to have come to the end of his frustration in verse 11: "I said in my haste, All men are liars." Though his words have a taint of bitterness, they are sandwiched between words of glorious praise and adoration to the Lord. In the Lord he finds complete rest and hope. Knowing that he finds himself included when he says, "All men are liars," he understands that the only hope we have is found in Christ. Apart from Him, what would our life reveal?
"Gracious, Righteous, and Merciful" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 5 through 7. Who is this God we serve? According to the Psalmist He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. What is the significance of His grace, His righteousness, and His mercy to us, His children. Go to this gracious, righteous, and merciful God today, for He alone can pardon our great sin.
"My Soul" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 3 and 4. Did you notice that there is something missing in these two verses? The writer of the Psalm is terrified; he is surrounded by the sorrows of death and can even feel the pains of hell. His life is filled with trouble and sorrow. So, what is missing? In the Psalmist's plea, he does not cry out that the Lord would save his life. Our life may end, but our soul goes on to live for all eternity. Why, then, are we not more concerned about our soul, rather than our life? The Psalmist was near to death, and yet he did not cry out for life; he cried out for the Lord to deliver his soul.
"Constant" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 116, verses 1 and 2. The Psalmist, in Psalm 116, reminds us that there is one constant which will never change, and that is his love for the LORD. Why? "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live."vThe Psalmist understood that the Lord was always there listening for the voice of his needy children. And, not only did the Lord listen, but He inclined his ear to his child. What an amazing God we serve. He is not far removed from His children, but rather, always ready to listen to their cries--always ready to come to their aid.
"Dead or Alive" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 115, verses 16 through 18. This seemed to be a rather unusual way to end a Psalm. In the second to last verse, the psalmist makes a distinction between being dead or alive. "The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore." The Psalmist takes all of life and puts it into one of two categories: Those who bless or praise the Lord, and those who do not. If we summarized our entire life from its beginning until today, in which category would we fall?
"Blessed of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 115, verses 12 through 15. Five times in four verses the Psalmist uses the word "bless" or "blessed." Notice that the ones blessed get smaller and smaller, from the "house of Israel" down to "Ye" (or you). You are blessed of the Lord, but who is the Lord? He is the Lord who made heaven and earth. Stop and ponder that thought for a moment. The God who formed the earth, the stars, and all the constellations is not far-removed from His creation; He is a personal God who works on behalf of every single child of His.