Verse of the day.
Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119 is one chapter of the Bible which talks over and over about the beauty of God’s Word and how important it is to meditate on it. It is arranged in 22 divisions of 8 verses each but seems more like a single prayer expressing dependence on God and asking for guidance.
The author’s prayer is simple and sincere, yet powerful and life-changing. He prays for His steps to be ordered by God through His Word. What He is saying, in essence, is, “You have led me in the right Way. Guide me still in all I do on this journey. I have found You, help me never to miss out on Your perfect plan for me.”
Having been rescued from the power of darkness by God’s Light, we now live the Life of faith in the Son of God. He becomes our Life (in Him we live, move and have our being) and the One Who helps us stay. He helps us stand unwavering in our faith, as we draw strength from Him to live this New Life. Remember He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches”.
We must never become presumptuous and begin thinking we can live this (His) Life by ourselves. It is not merely a matter of finding the Way, but making sure we do not stumble along it. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that “…we walk by faith and not by sight“. That is, we live by the divine, not human estimations and abilities (or inadequacies).
Related: The Communication Of Our Faith
This is what it means to live (by being) led. We ask God to instruct us, but we also ask Him to direct us. Sometimes He will do this by giving you the strength to yield to the instructions you have received. Other times, He will mercifully re-arrange or re-align your feet according to His plan. (Psalms 37:23)
Deliverance from the Power of Sin
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?
You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living – Romans 6:16
The author also asks God not to allow sin have control over him. The above text from Romans 6 helps give perspective to this prayer. You become a slave to whomever you CHOOSE to obey. He yields his will, his power of choice to God, asking Him to prevent him from deliberately or unconsciously making decisions that could destroy him.
This is a huge lesson for us all: to live fully dependent on God, the Source and Sustainer of our strength and wisdom.
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Dear Father, I live dependent on You. I receive insight into your Word and strength to walk thereby. I am delivered from the power of sin which desires to rule my members and steal the joy I have found in You.
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