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Good morning! I’m praying that you are being blessed by this devotional series!! ūüôā The Book of Psalms has millions of hidden nuggets within its verses… blessings that the Lord placed there for times like these! Our God is a merciful and righteous God, amen? He wants us to remain close to Him and choose not to sin. However, when we do fall, His mercy is endless and He is ready to dispense that mercy and bring us peace once again.

Finding Jesus in today’s verse was the gold mine I speak of. Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in Jesus! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. It doesn’t matter what the world says, my friend. We have God’s words for mankind at our fingertips. No where in scripture does it say that there are other ways. Notice the latter part of John 14:6: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus didn’t leave us to chance but gave us very specific directions.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “quicken” as:

1. Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state. Romans 4:17.

Hence flocks and herds, and men and beasts and fowls, with breath are quicken’d and attract their souls.

2. To make alive in a spiritual sense; to communicate a principle of grace to.

You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1.

3. To hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken motion, speed or flight.

4. To sharpen; to give keener perception to; to stimulate; to incite; as, to quicken the appetite or taste; to quicken desires.

5. To revive; to cheer; to reinvigorate; to refresh by new supplies of comfort or grace. Psalms 119:25.

Jesus is the only Source of life and light! When we are born again and receive His Holy Spirit, we are made alive in Him. 1 Cor. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. David so wanted to have God at the center of his life and on the throne of his heart. The evidence is found throughout Psalms.

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity. Noah Webster defines vanity as:

1. Emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire; uncertainty; inanity.

Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity Ecclesiastes 1:2.

2. Fruitless desire or endeavor.

Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come.

When our eyes are focused on the Lord and our whole person desires to do His will, we won’t “desire” the world’s offerings. The emptiness one feels can only be filled with Jesus! Amen?

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Where is Jesus in this verse? Incline my heart unto Jesus, and not to covetousness. The Treasury of David has an interesting comment – I’ve added it below. David was the apple of God’s eye. One would think that he kept his heart focused on the Lord. But being human, I’m certain that he had tendencies to lean toward the opposite direction, as shown below.

The only way to cure a wrong leaning is to have the soul bent in the opposite direction. Holiness of heart is the cure for covetousness.

The only way to deal with sin is to be focused and centered on the Lord and His word. Jesus quoted scripture to Satan when He was tempted by him in the desert. Jesus was in human form and could have succumbed to sin after 40 days of no eating. When the body is in pain and weak, it is harder to ward off the devil. However, Jesus quoted His words from the Old Testament back at the devil. Is that what we do when we have fallen to temptation? Being tempted is not sin but giving into temptation is. The Lord promises to help us out of these situations.

James 1:14-15 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

It is not until the temptation has been “conceived” in our heart that it brings forth sin. Therefore, do not let yourself get to that point. We have a choice as born-again believers! We do not have to sin. We can stay focused on God’s word and quote it back to the devil when we are tempted. Be encouraged, Christian… it won’t be long now before Rapture occurs. Our troubles here on earth will be gone and we will be forever with the Lord for all eternity! Oh joy!

WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE

There’s coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky
No more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more
On that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face the one who saved my by His grace
When He takes me by the hand and leads me to the promised land
What a day, glorious day that will be

There will be no sorrows there
And no more burdens to bear
No more sickness and, no more pain
No more parting over there
And forever I will be with the one who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face the one who saved my by His grace
When He takes me by the hand and leads me to the promised land
What a day, glorious day that will be

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face the one who saved my by His grace
When He takes me by the hand and leads me to the promised land
What a day, glorious day that will be

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I am so thankful that I have had great Sunday School teachers in my lifetime! Some have challenged me to dig deeper and go further. This is one of those lessons that was taught to me in 1984. Finding Christ in each verse of Psalm 119 has been such a blessing, each time I read it!

Make me to go in the path of Jesus, for therein do I delight! Amen and amen!! When you go hiking, you take a path without knowing exactly what is around the bend. It is much that way with being a believer. We walk the righteous pathway but instead of be “anxious” for what lies ahead, we have a Shepherd who leads us and a Holy Spirit who reminds us of Bible verses that will help us along the way. There’s no need to be anxious. Phil. 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

When the riots began, I wasn’t afraid at first. It’s when they came to the City I work in that I became anxious. I allowed this to fester without turning to the Lord. My anxiousness then became fear.

My favorite verses that I turn to when I am afraid is: Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. But there are many more. My anxiousness and fear revealed to me that I was not going back to the Scriptures to heal my fearful heart! Once I did this, the fears subsided! Here are a few more that help:

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Ps. 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Deut. 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

These are just a few verses that remind us not to be afraid because we serve a risen Saviour and He will bring all of this to an end in the not too distant future. Rapture can happen at any moment, Christian. Don’t let it catch you unaware and afraid. Build your faith and build your Bible knowledge. Peace follows when we allow the Holy Spirit to encourage us in times such as these.

This reminded me of the beautiful hymn, In Times Like These. Read through these precious verses and be encouraged:

In times like these, we need a Savior
In times like these, we need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one
This Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

In times like these oh be not idle
In times like these we need the bible
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

That Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one
That Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, oh you’ve gotta be sure
That your anchor holds, and it grips the Solid Rock
Your anchor it holds, and it grips the Solid Rock

In times like these, I have a Savior
In times like these, I have an anchor
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

That Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one
That Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, oh you’ve gotta be sure
That your anchor it holds, and it grips the Solid Rock

Grip onto the Solid Rock, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Hang on like your life depends on it because it does.

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As I insert Jesus into today’s verse, I’m moved by the urgency and fervency with which David felt when he wrote it. Re-read today’s verse and picture yourself being the writer. Do you see it? When I insert Christ into today’s reading, I see:

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Jesus; Yea, I shall observe Jesus with my whole heart!

Whoah! When one’s mind and heart are opened to the word of God and it is understood and accepted, the seed takes root in man’s heart and spiritual fruit is produced. Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

When we understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept it with true understanding, we are His forever. We are kept in the palm of His hand forever.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

A dear friend of mine believes that a person can give up his/her salvation. How can that be when this verse says that they shall NEVER perish and NO ONE can pluck them out of His hand. The Bible does not contradict itself. Jesus’ Parable of the Sower in Matthew tells us about the different types of seeds that go out. The only one that is successful is the one that falls on good ground. Therefore, if someone claims to have given up their salvation, they did not receive the word of God that fell on good ground. Read the Parable again and pray that your eyes are open.

Today’s Psalm tells us that with Christ we will receive understanding and have the choice to keep His commandment! It’s a choice. If you’re not in your Bible, you will sin. If you’re in your Bible and heed its words, you will be able to say no to sin. It’s as easy as that! I could keep writing and writing on this topic. However, if you have a question, please feel free to leave me a comment ūüôā

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Teach me, O LORD, the way of Jesus; and I shall keep it unto the end. Oh what a blessing today’s verse is!! I love how the Word of God (Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour) has provided His words through the Scriptures! Through them, we learn about His saving power, grace and mercy! Through them, I came to know Him and was gloriously born again!

The latter part of this verse gives me goosebumps! Not only are we to keep His word as believers, but we are to continue in them until He takes us to our heavenly home. Living in the center of God’s will brings peace and comfort.

Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We find that God will work all the negatives and positives in our lives for good! Our purpose in this life is to fear the Lord (reverence Him and honour Him with our words and deeds) and keep His word! That is the simplest way to live life – it’s not complicated. We sinful human beings make it complicated.

Ecc. 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

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I will run the way of Jesus, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. David uses the verb “run” here. This teaches me that when I walk in my journey with Christ, I will do so with energy and determination. I will do His will with the same determination and with passion.

But notice the second half of the verse: “when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” The world says to follow your heart but the Bible says that the heart is desperately wicked in Jeremiah 17:9 The heart¬†is¬†deceitful above all¬†things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? So what does David mean here? The Commentary on The Treasury of David says:

He must change the heart, unite the heart, encourage the heart, strengthen the heart, and enlarge the heart, and then the course of the life will be gracious, sincere, happy, and earnest; so that from our lowest up to our highest state in grace we must attribute all to the free favour of our God.

We have to be careful to what we expose our hearts, amen? When we keep ourselves centered in the word of God and obey His word, our hearts turn toward Him! Paul gave us the perfect blueprint for this in Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I’m sure you’ve read these verses countless times but have you applied them, my friend? When we dwell on the bad, our hearts become hard and the Holy Spirit is quenched. He cannot work in us if we are working against Him. Once we are born again, our hearts are set free from sin and it’s up to us to fight the good fight and run a good race, amen? We have everything to gain by obeying God’s word but we lose peace when we disobey. It is always better to obey because the Lord loves obedience over sacrifices offered up. 1 Sam 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD¬†as great¬†delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey¬†is¬†better than sacrifice,¬†and¬†to hearken than the fat of rams.

Obedience to God’s word is the key here, friend. You will never go wrong in doing so!

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What a great verse … well, in fact they all are, aren’t they? There is so much in the Book of Psalms as well as in this longest chapter of the Bible. Dear friend, I have received so much encouragement from God’s word that I could not get from human interaction! This is what David talks about when he spoke of encouraging himself in the Lord

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

In today’s verse, Christ’s peace is found when we stick with His words. I have stuck to Jesus: O LORD, put me not to shame. Jesus will never let us down. He is perfect and His words are perfect. The best explanation I have read on this verse came from the Treasury of David:

This would happen if God’s promises were unfulfilled, and if the heart of God’s servant were suffered to fail. This we have no reason to fear, since the Lord is faithful to his word. But it might also happen though the believer’s acting in an inconsistent manner, as David had himself once done, when he fell into the way of lying, and pretended to be a madman. If we are not true to our profession we may be left to reap the fruit of our folly, and that will be the bitter thing called “shame.”¬†

God is not the one who moves in our relationship with Him. He is steadfast and true (Heb. 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;) We are the ones that move. When we act in a manner that is not consistent with God’s word, we will reap the fruit of our folly indeed. We won’t have that joy and peace which goes beyond all understanding Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus is the visual and spoken word from our Heavenly Father. He is the only way to Heaven – the only way to Heaven. This is not being dogmatic – it is according to the scriptures. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Without Jesus, one cannot enter into Heaven. We must go by Him. I am stuck to Jesus! Remember the Bandaid commercial? I am stuck on Bandaids and Bandaid’s stuck on me! Well, I am stuck on Jesus and Jesus is stuck on me. I received His blessed Holy Spirit when I was born again. It is His Spirit that teaches me and strengthens me through Christ’s words! Be careful, brother and sister in Christ, because the devil is very much alive today. We must rely on God’s words, not man’s, to be certain that we are hearing from Him. 2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Hold steady and stick to Jesus and His word! You won’t go wrong ūüôā

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I have chosen the way of truth: Jesus have I laid before me!

Do you see Jesus in this verse? Jesus took all our punishment upon Himself so that we could be free from sin. The penalty of sin has been paid on the cross over 2,000 years ago! What love!

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus made it clear that if we follow Him, we are His friends! We are not servants but friends! Jesus is my Saviour! My eyes are fixed on Him as He leads me! Praise God that He gave His only Son to take my punishment! Thank you, Lord!

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Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me Jesus graciously! What a beautiful exhortation.

Removing all types of deception/lies from our lives is a start to coming closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Deception comes in different forms like sin, error, idolatry, self righteousness, hypocrisy. These are all types of lies.

There is much error in this world. It has gotten to the point where good is called evil and evil is called good! Abortion is one good example. Idolatry is another lie – we put things in our lives before the Lord. Deceiving ourselves when we think we are better than others (self righteousness) is also sin and a form of a lie. No one is good but God.

The closer we get to the Lord Jesus through reading His word, the more we will see those lies as they truly are. We need to confess them and forsake them. The Holy Spirit guides us through the word of God and inspires our spirit to do what is right. It is our willful and sinful nature that goes against His direction. As we grow in the Lord, we should hate sin more and love Him more! The Psalmist didn’t ask the Lord to remove him from the way of lying – he asked the Lord to remove from him the way of lying. Big difference amen?

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Have you been there, Christian? Have you been to the point where you feel as though your spirit, heart and soul are melting? Have you ever been so burdened or heart broken that you feel your whole life is falling apart? I sure have! A little over a year ago, my children and I were called to my husband’s bedside to say goodbye! If I dwell on the memory for a little while, I can remember each detail of that night. But praise the Lord, he survived and all glory is given to the Lord!

Seeing Christ in today’s verse is so encouraging! My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according to Jesus!!!! Jesus is the keeper of my soul – he’s the Shepherd of my soul according to 1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the¬†Shepherd¬†and Bishop of your¬†souls.

He alone can meet the need of our heart! He alone can bring peace in the midst of a storm! Amen and amen!

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Make me to understand the way of Jesus: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works!!! After salvation, God’s word opens our eyes and teaches us about Jesus and what he did for us. His role in the Godhead was to leave His glorious home in Heaven to come to sinful earth in order to be a living sacrifice for our sins! His sacrificial love for us cannot be comprehended! I’ll never understand the depth of His love but I am thankful for it!

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

As a believer, I am a friend of Jesus Christ, my Saviour! What a blessing to know this. I know that as a friend, He is always there to listen and to help me. I wouldn’t keep that precious relationship silent but I would tell others. All the more with Jesus. I should indeed tell others of what He has done for me! That’s the purpose of the Gospel, amen? We share with others what He has done for us so that someone else will see their need of Him in their life, amen?

Tell others of his life, death, burial and resurrection! What a precious thing to share with someone. I thank the Lord every day that my best childhood friend traveled 1,000 miles in order to tell me about Him. We serve a risen Saviour, dear reader, and He is in the world today. Through His Holy Spirit He resides within each of us. Praise the Lord!

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Admitting when I’m wrong has gotten easier as I have grown older. It’s never easy to admit you’ve done something wrong or that you have sinned against another. But once you’ve done it a few times, it does in fact get easier. Why? Because confession is good for the soul. It frees the soul from guilty and worry.

Is it any wonder that many Christians today are not walking closer with Jesus? Many have not declared their ways to Him.

I have declared (admitted my sin), and thou heardest me: teach me Jesus.

Admitting to Jesus our sins sets us free, especially when we come to salvation! A closer walk with Jesus helps us to keep our sin list short. We desire that close relationship with Him. Furthermore, notice the verse says that He hears us? Praise the Lord that our prayers for forgiveness are not lost in the air but are actually heard by the Lord! Praise Him!!

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Amen and amen! Jesus’ grace is sufficient each and every moment!

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My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to Jesus!

Today’s verse excites my spirit because it is because of Jesus that I became alive! I was born again 40 years ago and I literally felt as though 100 pounds had been lifted from my shoulders! The weight of my sin was no longer there because Jesus had paid the penalty for that sin on the cross. I became alive – I was quickened by Jesus Himself!

Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines the word quicken as:

1. Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state.

What a beautiful definition of what happens when we are quickened by Jesus Christ, our Saviour! We are made alive – we are revived or resuscitated! Praise the Lord for His love for us!! Praise the Lord for His word to revive us every day as we read and meditate on the Scriptures!! Amen?

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Jesus is my delight and my counselors.

Can this be any more exciting???!!! Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and all precepts, testimonies, etc. are fulfilled through Him. Is Jesus Christ my delight and my counselor?

I think of Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Do you see that? Nothing from God’s word offends those who live by it. We must take counsel in every book and chapter of the living word of God. Jesus’ Spirit breathed inspiration in its pages.

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

The child of God is able to discern what God wants us to learn because that child possesses the Spirit of God within him. The Spirit will teach us what Christ wants us to know.

Therefore, Christian, is Jesus your delight and counselor? He should be!

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Princes also did sit and speak against me: but your servant did meditate on Jesus!

How poignant is this verse for today? I think of leaders in our country speaking out against the President and how that must affect him. We’ve had our days when those around us, those we thought were friends, came out and spoke against us. Or maybe even told lies which hurt our reputation. But what does a believer do in these circumstances?

The believer can turn to the word of God and meditate on it. Not just reading the word but meditating on God’s word is what heals our hearts from these hurts. God encourages the heart through the healing power of His word! That is why the Bible is a living book – it has continued to heal souls throughout the ages. We are blessed that we have the Bible on paper and on the internet. We can pick it up and search a specific verse in just seconds. There’s no excuse for today’s believer not to read it and be encouraged.

When was the last time you meditated on Jesus, Christian? Encourage your heart today!!

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Finding Christ in today’s verse is especially meaningful! Who else can remove our sin? It reminds me of the hymn, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus! Hallelujah! Thank God for Christ’s willingness to take on the cross so we can have the burden of that sin taken from us!

Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have Jesus! Praise the Lord!! At the very moment that we accept Christ as our Saviour, our reproach and contempt have been removed! Thank You Jesus!!

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Today’s verse is especially poignant … it deals with God’s rebuking the proud. Notice the proud are cursed because they err from God’s commandments? Christ is the fulfillment of the law, amen?

When we apply this verse to finding Christ, we see this:

Thou has rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from Jesus.

There is only one way to Heaven, despite what the world says. There are not many roads to God. There is no other!

Acts 4:10-12: Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

You either believe the Bible or you don’t. This is the faith that provides peace. Jesus is our peace!

Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

If you can’t accept Jesus Christ as the One and only Saviour of the world, you are destined to be labeled as one of the proud who will be cursed by God according to today’s verse. Can you imagine God telling you on judgment day that you are cursed? The proud do not want to admit that they have been wrong all these years. They pattern their “faith” after their parents’ faith. However, Jesus calls us to repent and come to true faith! If your heart is stirred in the very least, don’t let it slip away.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

You can’t go to the Father through any other name, my friend! Jesus is the only way! Think on these things and come to the truth! Jesus is the way … Jesus is the truth … Jesus has eternal life to give to those who believe through faith! Jesus is the word of God (John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.).

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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I found this in the Treasury of David commentary. It is a beautiful definition of this verse:

A high value of the Lord’s commandment leads to a pressing desire to know and to do it, and this so weighs upon the soul that it is ready to break in pieces under the crush of its own longings. What a blessing it is when all our desires are after the things of God. We may well long for such longings.

Amen and amen! No wonder David was the apple of God’s eye! So in keeping with this devotional theme, let’s look it this verse and find Jesus:

My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Jesus at all times!

Is this the kind of desire that my heart has? Do I long for Jesus this much? Do I desire Him with this much intensity? We should search our hearts and find the answer! Let this be the desire of my heart, dear Lord!

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The Psalmist wrote that he was a stranger in the earth. I don’t believe that God wants us to be a stranger to the beauty of this world. I believe this goes deeper – as in not being friends with the sin of this world.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

When we have a love of sin more than a love of God, we are guilty of being a friend of the world. The world lives in darkness but the believer has the light of the living God in our hearts, amen?

So where is Christ in today’s verse: I am a stranger in the earth, hide not Jesus from me!

We cannot be a born again believer and yet be friends with the world, Christian. After salvation, we grow in the Lord through the reading of the word of God and hearing the preaching. The worldliness that is left within us at salvation should dissipate over time. Therefore, we cannot come to salvation without Jesus Christ. He is the Author of our faith, my friend! Once we receive Christ as Saviour, we are ready to give up the unrighteousness of this world. If we are not willing to give up the world, there is something wrong with our profession of faith.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. The Scriptures indicate as much in Matthew 6:22-24:

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Today’s Psalm verse reveals that when God opens our eyes, we are able to not only behold but to understand God’s law. In keeping with finding Christ in Psalm 119, let’s look at the verse:

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Jesus!!!

Friend, there is only one way to Heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. It takes the Holy Spirit of God to reveal this to us. When we are yearning for truth in the deepest parts of our heart, the Holy Spirit reveals to us that one true path, and that is Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Ask the Lord to open your eyes!