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Psalm 119:145-152

Qoph With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes. I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise. Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life. They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law. But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true. Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.

Ish Elohim (my chosen name for the author of the 119th Psalm) has a very interesting and unusual stanza here as he begins for by pleading for recognition by the LORD, God, the Almighty. He is outspoken as he cites the various ways that he seeks the LORD’s face. But then he concludes with a beautiful statement of the constancy of the LORD.

Should this statement be ours to recite to Him? “But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true. Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.”

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Reading

Morning Psalm 48, Noon Psalm 119:57-64, Evening Psalm 13. (If you follow this regimen, you will pray through the Psalms every 47 days or just under 8 times per year.)

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.

 

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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