Devotional for Wednesday February 21st

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “I delight in your commands, which I love. I will lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and will mediate on your statutes. Remember your word to your servant; you have given me hope through it. This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life.” Psalm 119:47-48 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “We need equal measures of grace and truth.”

 

Psalm 119 is the longest of the Psalms and it is the longest chapter in the Bible. It is 176 verses celebrating the beauty of the Word of God. It begins with the joyful declaration: “How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart.” 119:1-2

 

What’s interesting about Psalm 119, and what also tends to be true of the Bible in general, is that it alternates between roughly equal measures of grace and truth. We are told we need to know and obey God’s commands, and then we’re told about how blessed we will be if we do that. The clear lesson is that the best life you will ever have is the one that is lived in obedience to God’s commands, because that then keeps you within the Biblical boundaries whereby God can bless you.

 

This is why God gives us equal measures of grace and truth. The truth is for our own good and is designed to help us live well. The grace is because He loves us and thoroughly enjoys blessing us. Because God so wants to bless us, He gives us all the truth we need in order to live in such a way that He can bless. Author Mark Batterson explained it this way: “Grace means I’ll love you no matter what. Truth means I’ll be honest with you no matter what.”

 

That’s what God does for us and it’s what we need to do for each other. We need to love each other no matter what, and we need to speak Biblical truth to each other no matter what. And as long as we do love each other without condition and without reservation, the truth will be communicated in a gracious manner.

 

Psalm 119 is a great testimony from a writer who learned from personal experience the value of knowing God’s Word and then living by it. He found that his life was blessed when he did, and troubled when he didn’t. He then went on to share that wisdom with the rest of us in this Psalm.

 

The great preacher and writer Charles Spurgeon once observed, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” God wants you to live well and to live blessed. In the Bible He has provided all the truth we need in order to live in a way He can bless.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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