Psalm 119: 73-80 Yodh

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

As we meditate on this stanza I want to share the overall message that spoke to me in it. That message was a resounding: “Be still and KNOW that He is God..” Today, there are so many things demanding our attention. These things can get us all worked up and bent out of shape. You know what they are: work, illnesses, marital trouble, relationships in general, children rebelling and the list goes on and on. These things can even get us to make excuses for why we do not have time to study and learn God’s Ways! Sisters, let me remind you that there is ALWAYS time to do the Will of God. If we find that on any given day we do not have the time, there is something in our priorities that is not in God’s Will for us. We must live by a principle where God and His Word are first priority in our lives! If we do not intentionally carve out time to be with The Father, the day will come so fast and hard and it’ll be gone before you know what happened. Let us not live our lives in this way but rather let us be intentional stewards with our time, energy, and attention. Let us make the necessary sacrifices to put and keep God first that we may grow closer to Him through prayer and meditation on His Word! We are transformed by the renewing of our minds; therefore, if we do not take control of our thoughts and become intentional in taking our hearts & minds to God and His word first and foremost each day, we will find ourselves off balance spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Today I’m challenging you to be still and “know”. Let’s look at some specifics on how the psalmist did just that in these 8 verses. In vs 73 “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” —The psalmist begins this stanza with a declaration of what he knows “You have made me God, so I know you are able to give me understanding..”. I’m amazed when I pause to think of the mystery of how God forms us in our mother’s wombs & how He knew us before we were even conceived! How incredible is that to ponder? Pause and read psalm 139:13-18 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand; I awake, and I am still with you.” Today, may you be still and Know that the One who knitted you together in your mother’s womb is ABLE ! He is able to give you everything you need that you may know and learn His ways so that you may live according to His Will. On our own we are unable, but by His hands, we can have understanding. By His word we can be transformed in our thinking and as a result: transformed in our doing & being. What do you need today to be able to grow closer to The Lord ? What do you need to be able to know & learn His Ways? God is able and willing to provide what you need. Ask Him today and then be still & Know that He is able to provide it ! Know that He WILL provide it because He desires that we live according to His Word. As Christ said, “if you ask anything according to His Will, He hears you and will give what you ask in My Name…” Be still today and know that God is Able. Vs 74 “ Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word.” —In this verse, the psalmist knows that the keeping of God’s Word brings not only delight to himself but also to the body of believers as a whole. Paul shows this as well in Colossians 2:5 when he says, “For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” When we see our brethren keeping The Word (with a hopeful heart that delights in it) we can rejoice alongside them because we know they have the same hope that we do! We rejoice for them because we love them! We rejoice with them because we are encouraged by their faith. In this same way, let us be glad when we see a brother or sister hoping in the Word of God! Today, we see so many critics within the Lord’s body and though loving correction is biblical, we ought not have a negative view. Rather, Let us build one another up in the faith! Rejoicing together as we keep the word, being encouraged by our mutual faith! Today let us be those women of faith who build up & encourage our sisters! Next in Vs 75 the psalmist says “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” Oh my heart, be still and KNOW that God is good, His ways are right and He is faithful! As a sweet sister in Christ once put it: “Suffering is never for nothing”. These are truths the psalmist knows and declares. When we go through fiery trials it’s not always easy to see the goodness of God. However, if we preach to our hearts and intentionally take our thoughts captive to remind ourselves of these truths, our hearts will become quiet and God will calm the raging seas of emotions that crash against us in the storms. Be still and know today that His ways are Right—you can walk in them and know you will end up where you ought to be. Be still and know today that He is faithful: He will finish what He has begun in us if we will remain submitted to His Refiner’s Hand. Recall the story of the refiner’s fire. He will not leave us as orphans. His plans for us are for our good; let us trust Him and endure the fire knowing that He is watching us carefully and will only keep us in the flames for as long as is necessary to make us like Christ ! In Vs 76 the psalmist says “Let, I pray, Your steadfast love comfort me, According to Your promise to Your servant.” —Be still and know that God’s love is steadfast: we can find our comfort there! When we go through afflictions and refining fires, whether they be small or mountainous, it is really uncomfortable. I tend to want to pray for it to end and want to jump into the next season of fruitfulness rather than endure the harsh winter or the painful pruning. The emotions vary greatly during our various storms from anger, to anxieties, to complete distress & brokenness. Without the comfort we find in the Lord and His word, we would be like the hopeless souls we see in the world who take their own lives to escape the troubles they face. But we are not like those in the world, without a hope. We can “be still and know” in those times that God’s love is steadfast toward us and we can find comfort in Him when we intentionally take our thoughts captive to God in prayer. We must guard our way by “being still & knowing” rather than letting our way be dictated by “react to the feelings”. Let us be women today who let the peace of Christ “reign” in our hearts by practicing being intentional with what we allow ourselves to think on, knowing of God’s steadfast love, being comforted by it according to His Word. Next is verse 77 “Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight.” I am reminded of several scriptures when I read this particular verse. Lamentations 3:21-24 and 1 John 1:7-9 specifically come to mind. Today, if we have obeyed the Gospel according to God’s Word, then we have the unique privilege of entering His presence and asking for His mercy ! The greatest mercy of God is the gift of His Son and therefore the forgiveness of our sins! Today let us be still in our day knowing that God’s mercies are new for us this morning and if we stumble as we walk in the light of His Word, His grace covers every confession and strengthens us once again. We can walk with full assurance & delight when we quiet our hearts to know of God’s daily renewal of mercies for us as we walk in the light of His Word. Be still today and know that He is for you, not against you. His mercies are new every morning and His Word is an unfading light for your path! May we be women today who are marked with peace & walk in pure delight because we know this. In vs 78 the psalmist says “Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; But I will meditate on Your precepts.” —be still today and know that God is Just. “Vengeance is Mine” says The Lord. Be still today and meditate on His Word. It is SO easy and natural to get angry with someone for lying about you or treating you wrongfully. Our first response is usually to react to it and defend ourselves. But the psalmist doesn’t do that. He says “but I will meditate on Your precepts.” I love this because it is such a great example for me. I struggle with wanting to defend myself when I am lied about or wronged. But if Christ is my example and His Word also my example, then I must say, I have no biblical backing for speaking up for myself in the majority of situations. In these situations especially our tongues can get us into a heap of trouble. We react in anger or hurt and end up saying things that come from emotion rather than the Wisdom of God’s word. Today, let us be women who practice the “pause”. Let us pause when we are wronged or lied to or about and mediate rather on what God has to say about the matter. Our lives are the fruit of our thoughts. Be still and know that pausing to meditate on The Word of God is always a good answer when you’ve been hurt or wronged. Know that God has said the “vengeance” is His, and go forward in peace knowing that God is Just. Now in verse 79 the psalmist says “Let those who fear You turn to me, Those who know Your testimonies. ” Be still and know that God will provide. This is a parallel verse to verse 63 where the psalmist declares “I am a companion of all who fear you and keep your precepts”. I believe these words show us that the psalmist knows the company he keeps will either make or break him. So, he desires & seeks God’s help to keep company with those who fear God & keep His commands. How wise the Psalmist is ! We would do well to pray the same thing! May God bring more companions our way that fear Him and keep His commands so that we may be supported, encouraged and built up together in the Faith! Be still and know: bad company corrupts good morals; so ask the Lord that He May bring more good company our way! Then rest in knowing He will provide all we need and ask according to His Will! Last in verse 80 the psalmist says “Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed.” Be still and know that He is able to keep us blameless as we walk with Him! How comforting it is to know this! When we are in Christ, we walk according to the light of His Word! His Word illuminates our path & guides us in our daily thinking & doing. As born again children of God we yearn to do what pleases Him and we know that His ways are right! As 1 John 1:7-9 puts it, as long as we are walking in the Light of His Word, we can confess our mistakes and failures and in turn receive continual cleansing for our sins! We are then blameless before God as we are being continually covered by the blood of Christ, therefore we are unashamed because He has forgiven us of all our sins and remembers them no more. I don’t know about you but I am SO thankful for this gift in Christ! I have failed and fallen short so many times but my heart is so incredibly comforted as I confess these failures to Him and receive His grace in return. Oh how wonderful it is to have a clean conscience ! But remember, 1 John 1:6-9 does give a condition to this continual cleansing: “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Today, if you are in Christ, you can be still and know that you are saved!!! How’s that for peace of mind? We can KNOW without a doubt that we are saved !! You can be still and know in every moment that if this was your last breath you will wake up in eternity, blameless before God. Oh dear sister, I know of no greater peace of mind in all the world! “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling…..God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. …’Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge!..”—psalm 46 1-11 I pray today that you are able to experience that great fruit of the Spirit: peace ! Peace of mind! May you cultivate this fruit by being intentional to “be still and KNOW” that He is God! Practice the pause. Meditate on His promises so you can quiet your heart in moments of unrest with “be still, my heart, and know that He is God, He is Good, He is Able, He is faithful, His love is steadfast, His mercies new every morning, He will have vengeance, He will provide, He is able to keep me blameless as I walk in the light of His Word, confessing my failures..” We are loved so deeply by our Creator! What a blessing and privilege it is to get to walk in the light of His Word today! No matter what comes your way today, I pray this devotion helps you in some way to practice the “be still and know” mindset and bring forth that great fruit of The Spirit: peace ❤️

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