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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Childlike Faith

Posted by Emma on April 30, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Perspective,Picture Perfect


Children and adults have different perspectives on things. I think dandelions show this difference. Kids like dandelions. They find them fun to play with, pretty to pick, and nice to wear. Adults do not typically like dandelions. They find dandelions a nuisance and a weed to be removed. I think sometimes it is a shame that adults cannot like dandelions. They have lost that childlike pleasure. Losing childlike pleasure is not the end of the world, but losing childlike faith might be. The difference in views on dandelions just begins to show the differences between adults and children. One of the biggest difference might be their faith. Children have a lot better faith than adults have. We must all have childlike faith. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3-4 “Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little children, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Who are Your Companions?

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Friendship,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” Psalm 119:63

Who your companions are says a lot about who you are and who you will be. Those you spend time with will effect who you are a year from now and even five years from now. We should be careful about who we make our close friends. I’m not saying we should not spend any time with people who are not solid Christians, Jesus ate with sinners, but we should be careful who we make our closest companions and best friends.

The first word in this verse חבר (chaver) which means companion, associate, fellow, implying likeness of character. You will start becoming like those who spend time with and will pick up things from them. The next word is  אני (ani) which means I. This is the Psalmist.

The word  לכל (lechal) starts with a ל (lamed) that means to. The main word means all, the whole. אשר (asher) is a connecting link with no equivalent in English. it is translated many different things, in this verse it is translated who or that depending on the translation you have.

יראוך (yeree’ucha) is a verb meaning fear, reverence, honor. We should fear God. This is different than being afraid or scared of Him. This type of fear is a reverence. I think few of us truly reverence God has He should be revered.

The word ולשמרי (nuleshomeri) begins with a ו (vav) that means and. The main word means to keep, watch, preserve. This is to keep God’s commands diligently and faithfully. This word has been used several times in Psalm 119 already and if you have been reading my notes you are probably familiar with it. The final word in this verse is פקודיך (phikudecha) which means thy precepts. These are the things God has prescribed for us to do.

The Psalmist tells us that his companions are those who reverence God and keep His precepts. That is who we should make our companions and closest friends. If we spend time with people who fear God and obey His word, we will find ourselves strengthened in our walk, they will encourage us and push us further. We also need to be that type of person for others and push them closer to God. When your companion is a godly, faithful disciple of the Master both of you will benefit and push each other closer to God. Be careful who you choice for companions. Make sure those closest to you are solid in the Lord. Bless others and receive blessings from them.

Blossoms

Posted by Emma on April 29, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect


Blossoms are beautiful but if they did not produce fruit they would not fulfill their purpose. We can be beautiful, we can look good outwardly, but if we do not bring forth the fruit of the Spirit we do not begin to fulfill our purpose. Blossom in the Lord and produce His fruit.

Remember God at Night

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

(I realized today that somehow this never got posted, so I’m posting it today.)

“I have remembered thy name, O Lord in the night, and have kept thy law.” -Psalm 119:55

This is an interesting verse. I am not sure why the Psalmist would mention night. It is important to remember God’s name all the time. Is there a special reason He remembers it at night?

The first word in this verse is זכרתי (zacareti) which means remember, to recall, to keep in mind. The Psalmist is keeping G_d’s name in his mind. The next word is בלילה (balarelah). The ב (beit) at the beginning means in. The main word means night, as opposed to the day.

The word שמך (shemcha) means thy name. This is what you are called. Whose name? God’s name.  יהוה (yud-hey-vav-hey) is the proper name of God. As I have mentioned before the actual pronunciation of this word was lost after the destruction of the second Temple. It is a holy name and we should be careful never to use it lightly.

ואשמרה (va’eshemerah) has a ו (vav) at the beginning of it meaning and. The main word is a verb meaning keep, watch, preserve. This word is often used in when talking about keeping God’s commands. I previously noted, it is more than just doing the commands. It is doing them faithfully, watching over them, and preserving them for future generations. God’s commands always apply to us. We should always be doing them.

The final word in this verse is תורתך (toratecha) which means thy direction, thy instructions. These are the things God has instructed and directed us to do. We should take pleasure in doing them.

I do not really know why the Psalmist remembers God’s name at night. It is good to remember it at night, we should remember God all the time. One possible reason is because night is often a time of evil. As Christians we are called out of the night and told to walk in the day. It is easy at night to think you can get away with sin. A lot of sin happens at night. We must remember God and keep His laws even at night. Although we may not be out at night, even at home we can get into sin. Late at night, everyone else is typically in bed, it is easy to think that no one will know what we are doing and do things that may be iffy. It is in those times that we must remember God and obey Him. That is an idea I had on why the Psalmist remembers God’s name at night. It may not be the only reason or even the main reason, but I think it is definitely a reason to consider and consider how it can apply to your life. So remember God at all times and obey Him always, but especially when you are alone and tempted to sin.

Get Up and Thank God

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgement.” Psalm 119:62

Most of us have trouble rising in the morning to give thanks to God. We do not even think of raising at midnight to thank God. Should we be rising at midnight?

The first word in this verse is חצות (chatzot) which means middle. This word is connected with the next one לילה (layelah) which means night. In the middle of the night, that is midnight.

אקום (akum) means arise, stand up. In this verse it carries the meaning of arising after lying done, in other words, getting up. להודות (lihodot) begins with a ל (lamed) which means to. The main word means give thanks, laud, praise. The word לך (lache) is a preposition meaning you, to you, or for you. The you referred to here is God.  The Psalmist arises to give God thanks.

The word על (al) is a conjunction meaning because. It is denoting a reason, this is why the Psalmist gives God thanks. משפטי (mishiphity) is judgements, ordinances. These are what God has decreed that we should do. The final word in this verse is צדקך (tzidekecha) which means thy righteousness. God truly is righteous as are all His judgements. We should be eager to do God’s judgements since they are righteous.

The Psalmist states that he rises in the middle of the night to thank God because of His righteous judgements. The Psalmist must think a lot of God’s judgements and God if he is willing to give up sleep just to thank God for them. We should be just as thankful for God’s judgements and think as much of the Master. We should thank God for His righteous judgements when we wake during the night. We should be thinking of them at all times. We should get up early to praise the Lord and spend time with Him. You will find rest in the Lord as you seek Him, rest that is better than physical rest. Be thankful to God for His righteous judgements and blessings to us. Spend time with Him when you wake up and wake up earlier if you need to in order to have that time. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.


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