Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 10 – Yodh
This post challenges you with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 10. If you would like to start at the beginning of this series using the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency and Psalm 119, click here. You can also find a listing of all the previous posts in this series at the bottom of this post.
Psalm 119:73–80 (Yodh) calls us to evaluate our relationships. Beginning with an understanding of who created us, to how people see us, followed by our interactions with difficult people, and how we choose our friendships. Curious as to what God has to say about all those connections? Read on.
Here is the text of the Yodh section of Psalm 119.
73 You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy,
for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, O LORD, that your regulations are fair;
you disciplined me because I needed it.
76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me, your servant.
77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live,
for your instructions are my delight.
78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
79 Let me be united with all who fear you,
with those who know your laws.
80 May I be blameless in keeping your decrees;
then I will never be ashamed. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:73–80?
Granted, each section of Psalm 119 mixes a variety of thoughts together. With God’s Word as the unifying theme, we can also look for other themes in each portion. This blog post focuses on the relationship aspects of the Yodh portion of Psalm 119. But take a minute to evaluate your status with each verse of Psalm 119:73-80.
Considering Psalm 119:73–80, evaluate your status of dependency on God. Mark the statements that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you.
❏ I ask the Lord to give me the sense to follow His commands because He made and created me.
❏ I put my hope in the word of the Lord and my life displays joy to those who fear the Lord.
❏ I know the regulations of the Lord are fair, and that He disciplined me because I needed it.
❏ When I am in distress I ask for the Lord’s unfailing love to comfort me just as He promised.
❏ I ask the Lord to surround me with His tender mercies so I may live, because I delight in His instructions.
❏ I concentrate on the Lord’s commandments, even though arrogant people have lied about me.
❏ My social support system is comprised of those who fear the Lord and those who know the laws of the Lord.
❏ I am blameless in keeping the decrees of the Lord, and I am not ashamed.
Psalm 119:73 reminds us of mankind’s original creation. Do you believe God created you? Do you think that gives Him the right to order your life? Do godly people see joy in your life? How do you respond when people lie about you? What characterizes your friendship base?
Certainly you could journal many pages while considering these evaluation questions. What do you learn about yourself in relationship to God and His Word when you do take inventory of your life?
Are you brave enough to speak into your friend’s life concerning these evaluation statements? In the past we challenged you to ask someone else to evaluate you, but why not ask someone else if you could evaluate them using Psalm 119:73–80? If your “social support system is comprised of those who fear the Lord,” you might be pleasantly surprised to find that your friend gladly accepts your invitation to speak into their life.
Leave a Comment and let us know your experience with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 10.
May you grow in desperate dependency and find Christ relevant to every area of your life!
Click on the links below to go to the previous installments of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency.
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency Ps. 119:1–8
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 2 Ps. 119:9–16
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 3 Ps. 119:17–24
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 4 Ps. 119:25–32
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 5 Ps. 119:33–40
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 6 Ps. 119:41–48
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 7 Ps. 119:49–56
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8 Ps. 119:57–64
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 9 Ps. 119:65–72
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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