Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Can't Sleep" Video Devotion

"Can't Sleep" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 145 through 148. I had to smile when I read the above verses. It is not unusual for me to be up in the middle of the night because I can't sleep. Such was the case tonight (it is 3:20 AM), so I thought I would write a devotional or two. I certainly, then, understood the sentiment of the writer in verses 147 and 148. What do you do when you cannot sleep? The middle of the night is a wonderful time to meditate upon God's Word. None of the usual interruptions (the telephone, the doorbell, etc.) keep us from a quiet time of contemplation.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Everlasting Righteousness" Video Devotion

"Everlasting Righteousness" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 141 through 144. Why are we so often willing to settle for less than the best when the best is right at our fingertips? It seems as though the Psalmist was asking this very question. The two predominant themes of our lives, as believers, are found in verse 143. "Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights."




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, June 28, 2015

"Righteous and Faithful" Video Devotion

"Righteous and Faithful" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 137 through 140. What do we love? What gives us joy and happiness? What do we do with our free time? All of these questions are related, are they not? For, when we actually do have free time, we do the things we love to do--the things that bring us joy and happiness. The Psalmist said, Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. The Psalmist loved what was righteous and upright so much so, that his zeal all but consumed him. When he looked for righteousness and purity, where did he look? He looked to the Lord.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, June 27, 2015

"Rivers of Water" Video Devotion

"Rivers of Water" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 133 through 136. 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.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Words Give Light" Video Devotion

"Words Give Light" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 129 through 132. The Psalmist bathes himself in the Word of God, exclaiming, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Both the New International Version and the English Standard Version translate verse 130: "The unfolding of your Words gives light." What a beautiful expression. In our walk with the Lord, we do not find that we suddenly understand all there is to know about the Lord. Rather, we find our walk with God to be a gradual unfolding of our understanding of who God is and of how He lives and moves in our innermost being. Each day brings us a little closer to the Lord.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Above Fine Gold" Video Devotion

"Above Fine Gold" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 125 through 128. What do you love more than money? Think carefully before you answer, for the truth is: there is nothing we tend to love more than money, or at least more than the pleasures and comforts that money can buy. After all, we are creatures who love our comforts, our pleasures, and our "toys." The writer of Psalm 119 was frustrated; seeking the salvation of God and His righteous word, he was almost overcome on all sides by his oppressors. Do the people of this world seek the goodness of God? Do the people of this world love righteousness, goodness, and truth? No! Yet, when the Psalmist pondered the things of God, he was almost overcome with joy and peace.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Hold Me Up" Video Devotion

"Hold Me Up" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 117 through 120. Does God hear? Does God pay attention when the wicked trample the Godly underfoot? Yes! Though it may seem at times that the trials of this life will drown us, yet God is always right beside us, holding us up, and keeping us faithful to Him. The wicked, in their foolishness, arrogantly go about their business unmindful of God, who at a moment's notice can obliterate them from existence. Though it seems that God looks in the other direction while they commit one atrocity after another, God is mindful of their actions. In His time, He will make all things right.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Hold Me Up" Video Devotion

"Hold Me Up" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 117 through 120. Does God hear? Does God pay attention when the wicked trample the Godly underfoot? Yes! Though it may seem at times that the trials of this life will drown us, yet God is always right beside us, holding us up, and keeping us faithful to Him. The wicked, in their foolishness, arrogantly go about their business unmindful of God, who at a moment's notice can obliterate them from existence. Though it seems that God looks in the other direction while they commit one atrocity after another, God is mindful of their actions. In His time, He will make all things right.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 22, 2015

"The Law or Vanity?" Video Devotion

"The Law or Vanity?" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 113 through 116. When one grows weary of the double-minded nature of most people, how quickly one's heart gravitates toward the wholesome purity and truth of God's Word. Perhaps that is exactly what the Psalmist had in mind when he said, "I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love." I fear we are far too cynical in the culture in which we live. We do not even really expect people to be sincere, just so they sound nice and are somewhat believable. Perhaps that is due to our open distrust of politicians, or perhaps we have been "burned" so many times that we insulate ourselves from being hurt again.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Inclined Heart" Video Devotion

"Inclined Heart" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 109 through 112. It always comes back to the same thing, does it not? Ultimately our actions are a natural response to the inclination of our hearts. The Psalmist, though in seemingly endless peril, admitted, "Yet do I not forget thy law . . . yet I erred not from thy precepts." Why could he make such a bold assertion? "I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end." What is the natural inclination of our hearts? Left to ourselves, the news is not good!




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Lamp unto My Feet" Video Devotion

"Lamp unto My Feet" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 105 through 108. Unfortunately, we do not understand the darkness of sin that permeates our hearts and lives, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, even before coming to Christ, God's Word faithfully shines into hearts darkened by sin, pointing them to Christ, the Light of the Word who can end their eternal state of darkness forever. As believers, God's Word continues to grow and mature us, lighting the way that God has ordained for us to walk, keeping us from the entanglement of sin that lurks in all of the dark corners of life.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, June 19, 2015

"Taught by God" Video Devotion

"Taught by God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 101 through 104. How does one know right from wrong? How does one know to choose one direction or another? Certainly, no matter what options are available, it seems as though there is no end of supporters for either choice. The writer of Psalm 119 directs us back to God, saying, "I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word." He, then, continues, "I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me." Taught by God! How amazing is that? God does not leave us to helplessly wonder what actions are good and proper--what actions are right according to Him.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"Thy Commandments" Video Devotion

"Thy Commandments" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 97 through 100. What is the difference between knowledge, learning, understanding, and wisdom? We can change our learning, our understanding and our level of knowledge, but what about wisdom? One can possess the ultimate in knowledge of the things of this earth, but apart from God, he or she cannot possess true wisdom. That is really the essence of the Psalmist's words in verses 97 through 100, of Psalm 119.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Never Forget" Video Devotion

"Never Forget" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 93 through 96. The Psalmist writes, I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. The New King James translations says, I will never forget your precepts, For by them you have given me life. God's quickening to the believer is His granting us a new nature--a new life in Him. No longer are we bound by this body of sin and death, but God has granted to us an immortal soul, and has guaranteed that we will live with Him forever. What a blessed hope that is.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Forever, O Lord" Video Devotion

"Forever, O Lord" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 89 through 92. Are there any more beautiful words that have ever been spoken? "Forever, O LORD!" When things of this life seem to look most bleak, we open God's Word to such beautiful words as this. The verse continues, "Thy word is settled in heaven." Who is this God we serve? He is perfect in love and power and holiness. He is all goodness, truth, joy, and blessing. In Him is no darkness, neither shadow of turning. This, dear child of God, is the God we serve, and His rule is forever! His eternal Word is settled in heaven; everything He has decreed will come to pass, and when time ceases, all will be accomplished that He has promised.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Quicken Me" Video Devotion

"Quicken Me!" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 85 through 88. We cannot see angels, and yet we know they exist as an innumerable host living and moving among us, guiding us, protecting us, and leading us in the way we should go. They fight battles for us, and continue to administer help and aid to us as ordered by God Himself. We also know that along with the angels of God, the minions of Satan, cast out of heaven as fallen angels, live and move seeking to thwart God's plans and lead us away from the truths of God.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, June 14, 2015

"Wineskin in Smoke" Video Devotion

"Wineskin in Smoke" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 81 to 84. Though we do not see the resolution to the Psalmist's grief in these verses, we do see, throughout the entirety of Psalm 119, the recurring theme, "God is faithful." Resolution from the Lord will come. Though we do not enjoy days of affliction, as believers we can attest to the fact that it is during days such as this that God grows our faith and our love for Him. So, it is a good thing to pray for grace that God will lift us up during the difficult days and set our feet upon His solid rock. It is a good thing for us to turn our hearts and minds back to His Word for relief and comfort from all distress.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, June 13, 2015

"Let" Video Devotion

"Let" is the the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 77 through 80. Let us, like the Psalmist, turn our hearts, our lives, and our wills completely over to God, understanding that it is not up to us, as mere men and women to solve the intricate problems of this universe. Let us, rather, rest in God who has never lost control. All things continue in the exact coarse determined by God before time even began, and will continue to do so until the exact moment He has already determined that time will cease.




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Faithful Afflictions" Video Devotion

"Faithful Afflictions" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 73 through 76. As we continue our devotional series from the Psalms we hear the Psalmist thanking God for His faithful afflictions. What great faith is this? When in the middle of the trials and difficulties of this life do we remember to thank God for His faithful afflictions? Most of us are too busy crying out to God to end our afflictions to even think of thanking Him for them. Look at the depth of understanding shown by the writer of Psalm 119. Understanding that no one knows Him like his Creator, he cries out to God, "Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." The secret to a successful life, according to our writer lies in our abilities to learn and apply the commandments of God to our lives.




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Good Affliction" Video Devotion

"Good Affliction" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 69 through 72. How willing are we to speak of good affliction? How can affliction be good? We would all much rather face 1000 beautiful days that one day of affliction, and yet that one day of affliction can produce more than 1000 beautiful days! How can that be? The Psalmist understood the pure, unadulterated treasure he had in the law of God, for he understood, "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." That is the voice of maturity speaking.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Teach Me Good Judgment" Video Devotion

"Teach Me Good Judgment" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 65 through 68. What a prayer! "Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments." How much pain and grief could we avoid if we consistently walked with the Lord using good judgment and knowledge? How much pain and grief could we avoid if we consistently went to the Lord for help and wisdom rather than choosing to do things our way.




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

"Companions" Video Devotion

"Companions" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 57 through 64. Who are our companions? We are told that we can learn much about a person based upon the companions he or she keeps. The Psalmist of Psalm 119, in verse 63, placed an emphasis on the importance of keeping the right companions. As the Psalmist recounted his faithfulness to keeping the Word of God, he recognized the danger of the influence of the wicked: "The bands of the wicked have robbed me." "Not to worry, though," he said, "for I am a companion of all them that fear thee, of of them that keep thy precepts."




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 08, 2015

"Gripped by Horror" Video Devotion

"Gripped by Horror" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 53 through 56. What a contrast the Psalmist shows between the wicked and the righteous! As the writer contemplates the true estate of the lost he is gripped by horror. How can it be that the wicked can so utterly forsake the Law of God, and yet be so clueless as to their true estate? In contrast the Psalmist remembers that God's statutes have constituted his songs of praise, as he finds himself remembering the name of the Lord in the night.




God Bless You,
Linda

Sunday, June 07, 2015

"Remember the Word" Video Devotion

"Remember the Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 49 through 52. As we slowly walk through Psalm 119 in this series of devotions called, "First Love," we are reminded by the writer of the powerful place God's Word has in our walk with the Lord. It is through the study of the Bible that have hope in the darkest of hours, and it is in God's Word we receive unlimited comfort in our days of affliction. To those of the world, ours is a foolish hope; in their pride and arrogance they scoff at God's children. Yet, in all these things let us, like the Psalmist, cling to the promises of God's Word and let us be reminded that God is always our First Love. The Bible is filled with messages of hope from its beginning to its end.




God Bless You,
Linda

Saturday, June 06, 2015

"God's Holy Word" Video Devotion

"God's Holy Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 45 through 48. The writer of Psalm 119 seems to express that same sense of precious love and delight for the commandments of the Lord. Why is that? The Psalmist found the truth that rises above all other truths. In God's Holy Word do we find the Pearl of Great Price. In God's Holy Word do we find Christ, the only One who can take away the sins of the world, revealed. He is the Pearl of Great Price!




God Bless You,
Linda

Friday, June 05, 2015

"According to Thy Word" Video Devotion

"According to Thy Word" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 41 through 44. With so many belief systems in our world today, how is one to know which one to believe, In a sense, that is the theme of Psalm 119, for the answer lies in God's Holy Word. God introduces Himself to His people as, "I am." In other words, at a time when each nation had their god or gods, how was one to know who to believe? God stated to Moses, "Tell them that 'I Am' has sent you."




God Bless You,
Linda

Thursday, June 04, 2015

"Teach Me" Video Devotion

"Teach Me" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 33 through 40. As we look at the fifth section of Psalm 119, beginning in Hebrew with the letter He, the emphasis of the entire section is on, "Teach Me, O LORD." In other words, the psalmist understood that he could not, in and of himself, make a grand effort to live for the Lord successfully. The emphasis is not on what the psalmist planned to do, but rather on what he implored God to do for him.




God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

"Lying" Video Devotion

"Lying" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 29 through 32. "Remove me from the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously." What a wonderful aspiration, but just how do we accomplish such a thing? We may not be guilty of out and out lying, but we are all certainly guilty of stretching and bending the truth, or even just letting someone believe an untruth without correcting their false view. As a Christian, is there a time when we should either lie, or at least not correct someone's false assumption?




God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

"Laid Low" Video Devotion

"Laid Low" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 25 through 28. Can spiritual problems lay us low? Can it really be true that we can find help for ourselves without going to the doctor for a prescription, or without a visit to our Psychiatrist? There is nothing wrong with seeking medical help, taking prescriptions, or visiting a mental health professional, however, I think we often forget that our problem may be one that cannot be helped by any of these means. It may be that we need to go to the source of our difficulties: the state of our soul.




God Bless You,
Linda

Monday, June 01, 2015

"Best Way" Video Devotion

"Best Way" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 119, verses 21 through 24. The Psalmist is faced with one of the most common dilemas--no matter what he did, someone was not pleased. When faced with that kind of a scenario, how do we choose the best way? Some people are born to please others; nothing makes them happier than pleasing their friends, their families, their neighbors, etc. However, because life is the way it is, it does not take long until a choice needs to be made, for, in pleasing some, they offend others. What are they to do?




God Bless You,
Linda