Kill... or be Killed (A Meditation on Psalm 119:29-30)

Every single day we must seek God and ask Him to remove this way of falsehood from us, which means every single day you will experience death. When we hear that we are to die to our sin, deny ourselves daily, and be crucified, we should think about the pain, loss, grief, and sorrow that comes with death because it reveals four things: I inherently love sin; this sin is inside of me; this sin, that is inside of me, that I love, needs to die; and this death is going to be a painful loss. Did you catch that? Something that you inherently love, something inside of you, is dying, and if it isn’t, it’s killing you.

Dave Aubrey

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Wiser Than the Ancients (A Meditation on Psalm 119:98-100)

Due to our human limitations, there are things in the Bible that are difficult to understand, but there is so much more that is simple, clear, and direct as it relates to how we are to conduct ourselves in the world. As you read the Bible, and meditate on God’s laws, do so with a mind to wisdom. This means that you are pondering how God’s precepts ought to influence how you live your life.

Chris Hume

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An Enlarged Heart (A Meditation on Psalm 119:31-32)

I was born with an enlarged left ventricle. A few years ago, however, my cardiologist’s phone call confirmed the “extraness” of 3 of the 4 chambers of my heart, meaning I have bi-atrial enlargement.  None of this causes me any daily distress or need for medicine, but it does create a need in my mind for extra care in regards to exercise and muscle strength. The above facts cause me to especially love verses 31 and 32 of Psalm 119.

Kaylene Hooper

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All Those Who Wander Are Lost (A Meditation on Psalm 119:21-22)

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic work The Lord of the Rings, there is a poem about Aragorn that contains the following line: “Not all those who wander are lost.”  If we are talking about Rangers wandering the wilds of Middle Earth to protect unsuspecting people from trolls, orcs and Barrow-wights, then wandering is not necessarily equivalent with being lost. However, when it comes to God’s Law-Word, all those who wander are, in fact, lost.

Chris Hume

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The Only Testimony That Saves (A Meditation on Psalm 119:94-95)

Do you have the same abiding faith as the psalmist to declare boldly your allegiance to the King of Kings, “I am yours”?  If I may, let me ask that question differently – would the King of Kings agree and say, “you are mine”?  Who is this that calls us to abide in his precepts and to diligently consider His testimonies? Do not leave that question, “who is this,” unanswered today.  Let me remind you who this is that beckons, with the desperation of eternity on my lips…

Brandon Harvath

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The Limits of Our Perfection (A Meditation on Psalm 119:96)

Nothing on earth is without limit or boundary. The boundaries of geography contain the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the world. The boundaries of time restrict what we can accomplish in a given day. The limitations of our physical bodies determine what we are capable of doing without assistance from others or some form of technology. Likewise, perfection, as we can observe it with our human eyes and comprehend it with our finite minds, has a limit.

Ellen Melnick

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The Home-sick Sojourner (A Meditation on Psalm 119:19-20)

I’ve often heard the phrase “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good”.  I must admit, a part of that saying feels good… but it is a dangerously unbiblical sentiment that for many will divert them far away from the narrow road.  To the contrary, I’d like to challenge you to sell, in joy, ALL that you have and buy the field – you’re a sojourner!

Brandon Harvath

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The LORD Will Bend You (A Meditation on Psalm 119:33-35)

Our sin nature always bends us away. But like a bow that must be strung, the Lord bends us toward the right path. An unstrung bow is useless, but once strung it is a valuable tool to the one who wields it. And the beauty of it is that a bow that is bent over and over eventually gets broken in. Our bend will eventually be in the path of His commandments. Our delight will eventually be obedience.

Courtney Ashe

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You Become What You Behold (A Meditation on Psalm 119:36-37)

The natural inclination of mankind’s heart ever since that day has been to stiff-arm our Creator’s good design for us and long for the self-rule that seeks to rival God’s rightful rule over our lives. But by God’s grace, we who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ can resist the temptation to behold anything that attempts to capture our awe and displace God from His rightful throne in our hearts.

Ellen Melnick

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Those Who Do Not Delight Will Perish (A Meditation on Psalm 119:92-93)

The inverse of this verse is a scary reality. Those who do not delight in God’s Law will perish. Notice the word used is delight, not obey. Because true obedience is inseparable from biblical joy. You cannot have one without the other. There is a head belief, and an “obedience” of words that does not bring life, but rather leads to destruction. The Bible says this is not the kind of belief that grants salvation unto eternal life.

Dave Aubrey

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The Glory of Suffering (Meditation on Psalm 119:87-88)

Our suffering is producing something in us that it is not in the unbeliever. We are being sanctified and used as a vessel to reveal the warning of eternal suffering. But we also, through our joy in suffering, reveal the greater possession of Christ and the hope we have in eternity. Suffering doesn’t prevent God’s Kingdom from being built, but rather is used graciously by our Sovereign God in order to fulfill His purposes. And this is good. The believer never focuses on what he is losing in suffering, but rather what he cannot lose.

Dave Aubrey

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Princes Will Plot (Meditation on Psalm 119:23-24)

How often do you sit and think about your persecuted brethren, living under harsh regimes, who are openly hostile to the faith? For some of you, it may be daily, weekly, or perhaps you simply haven’t given much thought to it. If you are familiar with scripture and church history, you know that it was commonplace for Christians to be ostracized, heavily taxed, jailed, and even killed for confessing Christ as Lord. 

Joose Dotson

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Reading the Bible as the Offender, Not the Victim (Meditation on Psalm 119:85-86)

Some of you are reading these two verses and you automatically relate to the one being persecuted. You feel like everyone is out to get you. People are spreading lies. Everyone else is arrogant. Everyone else is at fault. You are innocent, and without blemish. You are reading this and jumping into a victim mentality full of rage, and slandering in your mind, or to anyone who will listen, about everyone who has wronged you. But it may be that you need to pause and hear someone like Nathan say from the LORD “you are that man/woman”.

Dave Aubrey

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Year in Review (Favorite Songs & Meditations)

While we reflect on our short year, we wanted to share with you some of the favorites, and most impactful meditations and songs in hopes that you may be reminded of great biblical truth, strengthened in your memory of God’s Word, or simply have the opportunity to listen to and read something you may have missed. 

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The Underlying Assumption in Questioning God (Meditation on Psalm 119:83-84)

Hardened, shriveled, shrunken and charred – that’s what the smoke of a fire produces.  The refiner’s fire can get pretty hot, but what a glorious product it promises.  How is the refiner’s fire working on you this year?  Do you feel like a shriveled-up raisin lately, always under the heat of the sun?  You may be thinking the same thing that the Psalmist is thinking in verse 84: How long must I endure this?  If so, glorify God, because there’s a beautiful underlying assumption in that question that I want to draw your attention to..

Brandon Harvath

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Walking in Eden (Meditation on Psalm 119:1-3)

Daydream with me for a moment – just breathe in deeply the sweet smells of God’s perfect garden.  Can you see the beautiful flowers, glistening in the sun, and the perfection of the first produced fruits and vegetables ever known to mankind?  What about the crystal-clear water of the rivers, with no fear of disease or pestilence keeping you from kneeling down and taking a quick drink directly from the banks?  I can almost smell the sweetness of the dew on the grass.  Can you see it – the animals of all kinds, roaming side by side and in perfect harmony with man, and even more amazingly, man walking side by side with the God of the universe in perfect holy communion. No veil, no priest, no blood, just perfect communion.

Brandon Harvath

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Trusting God Through Discouragement (Meditation on Psalm 119:81-82)

In prolonged seasons of trial it can become easy to grow weary. In our discouragement we can begin to wonder if our prayers are being heard. We can drift into complaining and negativity that, if left unchecked, can give way to a distorted view of God. When discouragement becomes the lens through which we view our lives, we might even question if God can be trusted for His promises. It is then that we must, as the Psalmist does throughout Psalm 119, combat our feelings of hopelessness with the truth of God’s Word, particularly as it declares His trustworthiness. 

Ellen Melnick

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