GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
This is an interesting stanza, especially as I look at Ish Elohim’s last statement; an avowal of the pleasure and direction thaat he receives from the Word of the LORD. Right off the bat is an admission that his life and obedience are dependent upon the guidance received from the LORD. He and I are very much in agreement that while our salvation is not dependent upon obedience to the Ten Commandments, our lives as members of the family of the LORD, God, the Almighty are far richer than lives of disobedience.
For instance, not taking the LORD’s Name in vain is a public witness to the part He plays in setting the tone for all aspects of my life. It is a mark of the fealty that he and I share.
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Morning Psalm 89, Noon Psalm 73-80, Psalm 136
An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.