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Psalm 119: Medley Of Verses,1

The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 demonstrates that conscious effort for style shows no lack of spiritual depth. The acrostic psalm is the longest of several in the Old Testament. It is a sight to behold in the Hebrew. Most Bibles will give the Hebrew letters before each section. Let’s look at a few captivating verses.


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The Gospel of Christ

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16).

Paul said “we were called in one hope of our calling” (Eph 4:4). This obviously refers to something done to us since it is a passive verb. But we must be careful not to read into this the idea of “irresistible grace.” God never interferes with our free will. We still must make the choice to accept God’s call or not.


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A Healthy Faith

Today’s Verse: “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12 NASU).

How would you describe a healthy faith? First, in this devotional, let’s see what a healthy faith is not.In extreme cases, some believe God tells them to do horrible things. A few years back a lawyer killed his family to save them “for fear they were straying from their religion.” He said he shot them execution style and then knelt and said prayers for them.

We would be missing something, however, if we think that dysfunctional faith only exists in the lives of those who are deeply disturbed. There are many people whose religion makes them more miserable than happy. They believe they can never please God, and they will never be good enough for God. Guilt overwhelms them.

Others feel they are special, and suffer with a haughty self-righteousness. They believe they are better than others because they “have the truth” and others are just too ignorant to see it.

Some live a life of sin believing that God’s love will overlook a lack of repentance. They think their general goodness, and religious service somehow compensates for their sins and that there is no need to repent.

We need to understand that grace does not give us the right to sin, nor should we think that we are out of grace every time we fall. “But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:7-10 NASU).

Song: “His Grace Reaches Me”

Dear loving Father, remind us that Your grace forgives us, and we should, therefore, forgive ourselves. Remind us to let go the past, and move forward. May we serve You in humility, and never take You for granted. In our Lord’s name, Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com