Word-Minded People (September 16, 2011)

[33] Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
[34] Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
[35] Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
[36] Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
[37] Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
[38] Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
[39] Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
[40] Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
(Psalm 119:33-40 ESV)

The Psalmist concludes by admitting that it’s not all about him, because God alone has the words of eternal life! (Read 40)

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
(John 6:60-69 ESV)

Take heart and find joy in the Biblical reality that your life is bigger than your life and that the universe revolves around God and his plans, not you and yours! Word-minded people are God-centered people.

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