A Bible Devotion from Psalm 119 Vs 145-152
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.
Psalm 119 Vs 145-152, NKJV
The theme of Psalm 119 Qoph is prayer, and can be broken down by verse as follows:
145 - How he prayed
146 - What he prayed for
147 - When he prayed
148 - How long he prayed
149 - What he pleaded
150 - What happened
151 - How he was rescued
152 - What was his witness as to the whole matter
This section of Psalm 119 is an excellent example of prayer that we can apply to our own Christian life. Prayer is food! Lack of prayer is starvation! Your Christian life is directly impacted by your Bible study and prayer life. Many times God will heap difficulties upon us until we cry out to him for help. Then God replies, "Finally, I got your attention!"
That does not mean, however, that if I am faithful in my Bible study and prayer life that I will no longer have to face trials and difficulties. It does mean that you will go through those difficulties more smoothly, because you will have confidence and peace that God is right there taking you through the rough times. Don't underestimate the power of prayer.
Verses 145-152 of the 119th Psalm also teach us that we have personal access to the only One who knows everything, sees everything, and has the power and ability to remedy every problem and situation that we face. We only see through a glass darkly, so our "solutions" will always be imperfect, sometimes even exactly the opposite of what needs to be done. But God is near and all of His commandments are true (verse 151).
The best is saved until the last (verse 152). God's testimonies last forever. God will never leave us; He will never forsake us when the going gets rough, and He alone has the power to really do something about our needs, not only today, but forever!
Read Psalm 119 Vs 145-152 again and pray that you would set aside a time every day just to read God's Word and pray; it's not an option, it is a necessity.
More Devotions on the 119th Psalm Vs 145-152 from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
Can't Sleep, verses 145-148
Thy Lovingkindness, Thy Judgment, verses 149-152