Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 7 – Zayin
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The Zayin section of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 7 covers Psalm 119:49–56. Desperation flows through this passage. Where can we find answers when we are struggling? Where can hope and comfort be found? What can keep us grounded?
Read the text of the Zayin section of Psalm 119.
49 Remember your promise to me;
it is my only hope.
50 Your promise revives me;
it comforts me in all my troubles.
51 The proud hold me in utter contempt,
but I do not turn away from your instructions.
52 I meditate on your age-old regulations;
O LORD, they comfort me.
53 I become furious with the wicked,
because they reject your instructions.
54 Your decrees have been the theme of my songs
wherever I have lived.
55 I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD;
therefore, I obey your instructions.
56 This is how I spend my life:
obeying your commandments. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:49–56?
Do you cling to the promises of God as your only hope? Do His promises revive you when you are sinking? Where do you find comfort?
Considering Psalm 119:49–56, 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 remember His promise to me because I know it is my only hope.
❏ The promise of the Lord revives me and comforts me in all my troubles.
❏ I continue to obey the instructions of the Lord even when the proud hold me in utter contempt.
❏ I meditate on the age-old regulations of the Lord because they comfort me.
❏ I am furious with the wicked because they reject the instructions of the Lord.
❏ The decrees of the Lord are central to my life wherever I am.
❏ At night I reflect on who the Lord is; therefore, I obey His instructions.
❏ I spend my life obeying the commandments of the Lord.
Instead of just sighing in despair as your realize that there are points where you need to grow, perhaps consider the counterfeits you employ as God-substitutes. For example, in the fourth question, how would you complete the sentence: I meditate on ______ because it comforts me. Or how about the next question: I am furious because _______.
If you honestly evaluate your short comings, you discover the sins that require repentance. Ouch!!! Really??? Sins??? Ummm… yes. These are not really sins, are they? This just shows where I don’t measure up… Sin is falling short of God’s standard. Psalm 119 lays out God’s standard in many different ways. Do you want to continue in your sin, or grow to Christlikeness?
What??? You think you are all good??? Don’t need to confess any sin??? Would someone else agree with your evaluation of yourself? God does place people in our lives to assist us in our growth process. So, ask someone in the body of Christ to offer their perspective on your spiritual maturity.
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May you grow in desperate dependency!
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
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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