Good Tuesday Morning, I pray all is well: I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. It was a great Memorial Day weekend. Today’s readings will be from Psalm 119:1-176, Psalm 120:1-7, Psalm 121:1-8, Psalm 122:1-9, Psalm 123: 1-4, and Psalm 124:1-8 King David wrote about how God’s words are both truth and honesty but of purity and never changing. We live in a world where man has changed God’s words from their interpretations of what they want it to say rather than what it actually says.
Psalm 119:1-176 Praise for God’s Wonderful Word: God’s word is pure and is the truth and it never changes unlike the word of mankind. We live in a world where the truth is hard to find, and we live in an age of lies and deception. Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. Meditation is just another term used for reflection or even prayer; it's a spiritual connection followed up with complete silence and reflection on our daily activities and interactions. My daily struggle is I could be a little less like me on a daily basis, it seems I’m hard headed. Many times I’m taken out of context and sometimes I have a loud voice by nature especially if I get on a topic I’m passionate about. These daily readings and reflections help me to maintain my own sense of structure, without a good structure and support; things collapse easily. Reflection, prayer, meditation are all the same to some degree, but isn’t it important to keep ourselves held accountable. Just like King David, I see the importance of reflecting, and meditating on our daily struggles and successes leads to accountability. We live in a world that has destroyed the presence of accountability and that is scary!
Psalm 120:1-7: Prayer when in Distress: Psalm 120:6-7: My soul hath long dwelt with him that hath PEACE. I am for PEACE: but when I speak, they are for WAR. With God by our side and in our hearts and when you feel the holy spirit; you crave PEACE. The feeling of the holy spirit can come and go at times especially for me when I feel his presence in my heart; I’m overwhelmed with tears of joy and happiness. But God's wisdom sometimes comes with those who hate the truth and we reject any version of it. We have seen many examples of how a person of truth and wisdom is often treated in today’s political climate. God is rejected because it stands for accountability and evil chooses not to hold themselves accountable for their actions. This is definitely a good passage to read daily if you are an individual struggling with daily distresses. Reading bible passages is like praying to God it really is and when you read his word with truth and honesty, and full FAITH; you can feel his joy inside you.
Psalm 122:1-9: David Prays for Peace for Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6-7: Pray for peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I pray for peace throughout our land as well as peace on the world scale. Lord, I also pray you bring PEACE to our day, and I pray you bring wisdom and understanding to our daily activities and interactions. I pray you bring us peace when we engage and help us to react in a more peaceful manner with everyone. Help bring us peace when we try to understand the differences of the world, and finally help us to be your PEACEMAKERS in our daily endeavors.”- AMEN!
Psalm 123:1-4: The Godly Profess Their Confidence in God: Psalm 123:3-4: Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with contempt of the proud. Everyday I ask God for his mercy and judgement in my life, because I know my struggles are daily. We all should ask this of God when we embark on our daily endeavors, because we are full of activities and interactions with others. Daily we are overwhelmed with obstacles where it’s clear our faith and patience is tested to the max, but trusting in God is where our victories come from.
Psalm 124:1-8: God Delivers Those Who Trust him: Psalm 124: 7-8: Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The more I trust in the Lord the more strength I receive from him, and it’s not easy to dig deep at times. But God has taught me that I don’t always need to defend my faith or even the things I write. I trust in him and let the writing shape itself through him and I let the words flow how they come to my mind. Through him all things are possible, but without him things are impossible to achieve. For me with God standing next to me, I now know the difference between living just to live, and living with PEACE and CONFIDENCE.
My reflections are personal but they are more for my own accountability helping me to see my faults. I use these reflections to shape the example in CHRIST I’m trying to set for all who chose to follow my journey with God. We will keep our current reading plan and reflections and eventually we will see how man has changed God’s words. The truth will be exposed from the point of view of the scriptures along with God’s wisdom and guidance.
King David wrote about how God’s words were nothing but the truth and pure honesty. Mankind has failed in the department of holding purity and true honest words. Instead our society is plagued with those who are programmed not only to lie, but to deceive and manipulate the lost sheep. David’s words about God hold true even in my life, God has stayed true to me. God has not only comforted me but has put truth and honesty on my heart, he has opened up my eyes to the truth. I’m not perfect but today’s readings have inspired me to continue to not only speak the truth, but walk in honesty. Moving forward I want to make sure I speak the truth, be honest, pure, and never lose my integrity no matter the pressure. King David didn’t live the most perfect life, and he struggled daily in his walk with God. He did bad things in the bible but what many fail to mention is this, King David was a warrior. King David even though wasn’t perfect and he wrote about his faults, but he also had heart. He had courage and faith in the LORD and also feared God, and in the end loved God with all his heart.
In closing I pray that Lord you give us the strength like King David, even though we struggle in our walk with you. None of us are perfect or even worthy but like King David I pray you give us the strength, the heart and the courage to hold ourselves accountable like King David did daily! I pray Lord you continue to give us the strength to ask for both your mercy and judgement in our daily lives, so we can continue to shine as a beacon of light for those in need of your eternal healing of our hearts! In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit- Amen!
“I prefer blunt honesty over manufactured truths!”- Jared W. Campbell
Verse of the Day: Psalm 119:15: I will meditate on Your precepts,
And [a]contemplate Your ways.
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired