"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

Delighting and Compassion

Posted by Emma on January 27, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.” Psalm 119:77

The first word in this verse is יבאוני (yevo’uny) which means come. The next word is רחמיך (rachamecha) which means thy compassion, talking about God’s compassion. The word ואחיה (ve’acheyeh) starts with a ו (vav) which means and. The root of the word is a verb meaning live.

The conjunction כי (cy) means that, for or when. The word following it is תורתך(toratecha) which means thy direction, instruction, or law. These are God’s directions, His instructions for us. These are the things that we are suppose to do and they make up the whole Bible. The final word in this verse is  שעשעי (sa’asu’a) which means delight.

The Psalmist is asking God to let His compassion come on Him. We all need God’s compassion on us, without we shall end up a failure and spending eternity in hell. God allows His compassion to come on us through the person of His Son, but even after salvation, we should ask God each day to send His compassion on us. We need it every hour of every day.

The Psalmist feels he can make this request of God because he delights in God’s law, His instructions. The word delights means a high degree of gratification of mind; an extreme satisfaction; joy. The Psalmist is satisfied by God’s law and has joy in it. Are you satisfied in God’s law? Do take joy in the direction God has given us in the Bible? How do you show God that you are thankful for His compassion? We do not delight in God’s word to become worthy of God’s compassion, nothing we do could make us worthy, it is only through Christ that we can dare ask for it. We delight in God’s words and instruction to show our appreciate for God’s compassion which He has given us in the form of salvation and countless other blessings.

Do delight in God’s law as a way of showing Him thanks?

Warriors and Lovers

Posted by Emma on January 26, 2011 | Filed under: Character,Christianity,Love

A friend of mine posted this on her blog, For the Recognition of the King. She does a very good job of express some truths into words that most of us do not see or understand. It is well worth the read and I am very glad that she gave me permission to post it here.

Warriors and Lovers

A warrior lives deeply. He knows that life is short, that nothing is worth fighting over but some things are worth fighting for. You could accurately interchange the names Warrior and Lover because it is impossible to be one without the other. You can be a fighter, a killer, or a soldier without love but it is impossible to be a Warrior without love.

It is also impossible to love without being a warrior. You can have sex, you can like people, you can enjoy all sorts of things, but you cannot Love without being a warrior.

If you love, you are willing to sacrifice yourself in whatever way necessary and only a warrior’s heart is strong enough to be able to sacrifice itself. But if you are a fighter without a love to fight for than you are an uncontrolled and aimless weapon.

A warrior lays down his life either living or dying for those weaker. This is a great mystery, why do the strong die for those who are too weak to keep themselves alive?

Warriors see the world as it really is and so have hearts full of deep pain, this is what makes their eyes sad and grim. Pain is everywhere. They have the choice to close their eyes to it, but they can’t stand to be willfully blind. They must see clearly. They believe the worst can and should always be faced because the worst is only the inverse of the best.

They would go crazy with despair if this were all they see, but it isn’t. Remember, warriors are lovers and lovers see beauty when no one else can. Warriors don’t fight so much against the pain but ratherfor the beauty. Warriors know that pain is a fungus, living off of the beauty; it has no life of its own. Where some see only despair, they see hope. If the pain is so great, the beauty it is living off of must be even greater. This is what gives their eyes a smile, in spite of the horrors within and without that they continually live through.

If you don’t understand warriors, or are not one yourself, then you will think that they have buried all emotion. In fact denying their emotions is a common fault among them. The truth is that they are more emotional than everyone else combined but their emotions run deep, fathomless as the ocean. This is their one fear, that their own feelings will sweep them away and toss them about uncontrollably.

The wise overcome this fear with humility. If God would sweep them away on their own emotions then so be it. They are not foolish and hate to be taken as such, but if God would make fools of them with their own emotions then they would gladly face that fate too. They find instead that God does not make fools of them but gives them the very keys to become the warriors and lovers they live to be.

Far from their emotions tossing them about, they find that they propel them very precisely, that they give them greater strength and greater insight. To be unafraid of weakness is to find fearless strength. Do not think that this means you will ever see the depth of their emotions. It is just as likely that you will see the bottom of the ocean. In fact, they will still seem to be particularly unemotional, because they despair of ever truly communicating their emotions at all. You must see them by faith or not at all.

They feel sorrow so deep that it seems they could weep without stopping forever. But they cannot weep forever and any fewer tears seem so inadequate that they may seem to never weep at all. They also feel joy. Joy so encompassing, so true, so fulfilling that heaven itself will spend eternity celebrating it. But here, they have not the time or the means to celebrate it appropriately so in fact, you may only see a content smile and a twinkle in their eye. Joy and sorrow are not mutually exclusive to each other; they are usually full of both.

They feel hope, but this is no light hearted hope, neither is it a hope that wanes or waxes. It is the hope of those who die without obtaining the promises but are assured of what they hope for. They feel the strength of their own hearts. A deadly strength that only gets stronger as time continually assaults it. A strength that is capable of laughing in the midst of despair because it has learned that despair is a grim illusion that will vanish in a moment. They feel desperate but far from panicking, they become even calmer to compensate and so even more deadly.

They are full of compassion and will care for the wounded with a touch more gentle and tender than a Mother’s. Their hearts do not break for themselves, but for you. They are fierce protectors, fiercer than wild animals. Nothing is more dangerous than a lover at war.

Sometimes, they forget that they are not made to love or fight alone. Sometimes they forget that they too have weaknesses that need protection. Sometimes, they are so used to comforting that they don’t realize that they need comforting too. Sometimes they protect so fiercely that they begin fighting the very one they are trying to protect. Sometimes they forget that it is good for those who have healed to become warriors in their own right, that they should not be protected from becoming great.

Every weakness that appears in themselves they throw back to God and between His strength and the protection of those warriors around them, they are an invincible force. The faster they are slain, the quicker they will rise again and claim that God is victorious.

Truly, the spirit of a warrior-lover can only be found in one place and that is God himself. But he has made his bride to be worthy of a warrior as noble as he and so has given her no other spirit than his own.

My friend, I perceive that you are a warrior.

God’s lovingkindness as our Comfort

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

“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” Psalm 119:76

The first word in this verse is יהי. I could not find a definition for this word, but I am guessing based on the different translations of this verse that it must have to do with the word let. The next word in this verse is נא (na) which means pray or entreat.

The word חסדך (chasedecha) means thy goodness or thy kindness. It is talking about God’s lovingkindness towards humans. It is amazing that a Lord as big as our God would love us enough to care about each of us. God’s lovingkindness is an incredible thing.

The word לנחמני (lenachameeny) begins with a ל (lamed) which means for or to. The root word is a verb meaning comfort or console. The root of the word כאמרתך (ce’imeratecha) means utterances or words. The כ (caph) at the beginning of the word means according to. The final word in this verse is (take out later) לעבדך (le’avedacha). This word also begins with a ל (lamed) meaning to or for. The root word means servant or salve.

The Psalmist is entreating God to let His lovingkindness be for a comfort to Him. Why? Because of the words God said to His servant. It appears that God spoke with the Psalmist, His servant, and told him that His lovingkindness would be a comfort. God’s lovingkindness can be a comfort for us. It has been a comfort for me many times. When you are needing to be comforted or are going through hard times, pray and ask God to let his kindness be your comfort according to His word. His lovingkindness is seen throughout the Bible as a comfort for people, make it your comfort.

I Know. Do You Know?

Posted by Emma on January 25, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75

The first word in this verse is ידעתי (yada’ity) which is a verb meaning know. The Psalmist is saying I know. He has knowledge about what he is going to speak of and it sounds like experiential knowledge. He knows these facts for himself, personally, not just because someone else told him.

The next word is יהוה (yud-hey-vah-hey), the holy name of God. You may remember that the pronunciation of the name of God was lost with the second temple. The Jews felt God’s name was so holy and they were so careful not to desecrate it that it was never said outside the temple. Are we that careful with the name of God today?

כי (ciy) is a conjunction meaning that, for, or when. In this verse it seems to mean that. It is followed by the word צדק (tzedek) which means righteous or righteousness. The word משפטיך (mmishephatecha) means thy judgements. These are God’s judgements, his ordinances or rules that we are to live by. They are righteous as the Psalmist says.

The word ואמונה (ve’emunah) starts with a ו (vav) which means and. The main word means faithfulness, steadfastness. God is faithful. The final word in this verse is עניתני (ineetany) which means afflicted.

The Psalmist is stating two facts he knows about God, two things in which he is confident. As we live each day seeking to draw closer to the Father we will also know these things to be true. We will know them from our experiences and not have to rely on the Psalmist to tell us.

The first fact is that God’s judgements or rules are righteous. There is nothing bad in all of what God has told us to do in the Bible, it is all right. As we live in Christ and do what God tells us we will show the world that God is righteous.

The second fact is that God in faithfulness afflicts us. Revelations 3:19 says “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent.” God sometimes afflicts us to bring us back to Him. He is faithful when He afflicts us and does it to draw us closer to Him. I know this from experience. Recently, God afflicted me. I went through some really rough times but I came out of it closer to God and with a greater desire to know Him. God was faithful in afflicting me and during that affliction.

Do you know these two facts to be true? I do. I know that God’s way is righteous. I know that obeying Him and the guidelines He has laid out in the Bible is the only right way to walk. I know this from experience. I also know that God is faithful when He afflicts me and does it out of love. Often times I am afflict to bring me back to the righteous way of God. Next time you are afflicted, ponder where you might have stray. You are not always afflicted because you are sinning, but often that is the case. For whatever reason you are being afflicted seek God during that time and know that He is faithful.

Others Rejoice because He Hopes?

Posted by Emma on January 24, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

It’s been awhile since I studied Psalm 119. However, I have been wanting to finish what I started. Hopefully over the next few months I will be able to post by thoughts as I go through the rest of the verses of this incredibly rich Psalm.

“They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.” Psalm 119:74

The first word in this verse is יראיך which means fear. Here it is talking about the fear of the Lord, or reverence, honor for the Lord. The next word is the verb יראוני which means see. וישמחו means rejoice, be glad. A conjunction כי indicates that the next few words will tell us the reason we are rejoicing. כי means that, for, because, or when. The word לדברך begins with the preposition ל which means, for, to, or in regards to. The second part of the word means speech or word. Here it is talking about the word of God. The final word in this verse is יחלתי which is a verb meaning wait for or hope for.

The Psalms is saying that those who fear the Lord see him and are glad or rejoice because he has hoped in God’s word. That seems like an odd thing to say. Why would people be glad because someone else hopes in the word of God? When you start thinking about it, it does not seem so odd. Those who really fear God will be glad when they see that someone else is hoping on God and His word, when they see that they are relying on Him. They will rejoice when they see people whose hope is somewhere besides the things of this world and the people of this world. If we fear the Lord we should want to see people hoping on God’s word and rejoice when we see that. We should hope on God’s word ourselves.

A question to ponder: would God fearing people rejoice when they see you because you are hoping in the Word of God? Do you rejoice when you see others hope in the word of God? Are you really hoping in the word of God?

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