Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 11


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Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 11 – Kaph
Psalm 119:81–88

This post challenges you with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 11. 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.

 

Desperation and exhaustion permeate Psalm 119:81–88 (Kaph). When you reach the end of your rope, where do you go? Is connecting to God’s Word your first or your last resort?

 

Psalm 119:81–88

Take a few moments to consider the Kaph section of Psalm 119.

81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue,

but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true.

When will you comfort me?

83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke,

but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.

84 How long must I wait?

When will you punish those who persecute me?

85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions

have dug deep pits to trap me.

86 All your commands are trustworthy.

Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.

87 They almost finished me off,

but I refused to abandon your commandments.

88 In your unfailing love, spare my life;

then I can continue to obey your laws. (NLT)

 

Could You Have Written Psalm 119:81–88?

The Psalmist listed some great resources when desperation and exhaustion threaten. Did you notice them? How many of those options are choices you make?

 

Considering Psalm 119:81–88, evaluate your status of dependency on God. Mark the statements that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you.

❏  When I am worn out waiting for the Lord’s rescue, I put my hope in His word.

❏  Even when I cannot feel the comfort of the Lord, my eyes continue to strain to see His promises come true.

❏  Even when I feel like I am withering, I continue to obey the decrees of the Lord.

❏  I ask the Lord to punish those who persecute me, even though I want to see justice immediately.

❏  Arrogant people dig pits to trap me because they hate the Lord’s instructions.

❏  I ask the Lord to protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. I trust in the Lord’s commands because they are trustworthy.

❏  I refuse to abandon the commandments of the Lord even when I am worn out from opposition.

❏  Because of the Lord’s unfailing love, I ask Him to spare my life in the face of opposition so I can continue to obey His laws.

 

Evaluation

So? What choices have you been making when tough times and tough people challenge you beyond measure? Unfortunately, too many people resort to various means of numbing the hurt. But God’s Word provides more permanent solutions. Granted, finding the appropriate Scripture verse may not be quite as easy as grabbing for a bowl of ice cream. However, will the extra calories truly offer resolution to your despair? As you prayerfully seek God’s answers, His Spirit will guide you in the way you should go while offering peace at the same time. Will you depend on Him?

 

Extra Credit

If you identified with the Psalmist’s heart in Psalm 119:81–88, perhaps you feel as if you have no friends who care for you at all. Maybe it’s time for you to ask someone outside of your normal support system to offer alternative perspectives to help you break out of your desperation. Prayerfully ask God to guide your way. Certainly, be sure that whomever you consult will lead you to God and His Word, not toward a set of man made solutions.

 

Leave a Comment and let us know your experience with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 11.

 

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
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 10 Ps. 119:73–80

 

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)

 

You may find a complete version of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency in Desperate Dependency and on our DDC Resources page.

 

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