Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8 – Heth
Thank you for joining us for the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8. 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 119:57–64 (Heth) leads us in contemplative prayer. As you proceed through the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8, make the Psalmist’s prayer your own. First read the text, and then lift your heart to God.
Here is the text of the Heth section of Psalm 119.
57 LORD, you are mine!
I promise to obey your words!
58 With all my heart I want your blessings.
Be merciful as you promised.
59 I pondered the direction of my life,
and I turned to follow your laws.
60 I will hurry, without delay,
to obey your commands.
61 Evil people try to drag me into sin,
but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.
62 I rise at midnight to thank you
for your just regulations.
63 I am a friend to anyone who fears you—
anyone who obeys your commandments.
64 O LORD, your unfailing love fills the earth;
teach me your decrees. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:57–64?
“Lord, You are mine!” And I am so VERY GLAD that you are! You have the GREATEST plans! And I’m grateful You have laid them all out for us so that we can follow them! There are people who try to convince me that they have ideas that surpass Yours, but “I am a friend to anyone who fears You” and hurries to obey your commands. Yes, it’s true that I hurry a lot, and I try to hurry to obey Your commands. Please, help me to stay firmly anchored to Your instructions, and don’t let me be led astray by those who want to do it their own way.
“I pondered the direction of my life.” Actually, I’ve been doing that quite a bit lately. And I thank You, for empowering me to turn to follow Your way. I certainly couldn’t do it without You! I wouldn’t even know which direction to go!
“With all my heart I want Your blessings.” Please, don’t let me miss out! I promise to do my part to obey Your words. But keep teaching me Your decrees when I mess up. I know You will do Your part to be merciful to me as You promised, because Your unfailing love fills the earth!
How about you? Considering Psalm 119:57–64, evaluate your status of dependency on God. Mark the statements that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you.
❏ I have a personal relationship with the Lord. I promise to obey His words.
❏ I want the Lord’s blessings with all my heart. I ask the Lord to be merciful to me as He promised.
❏ As I ponder the direction of my life, I turn to follow the laws of the Lord.
❏ I hurry, without delay, to obey the Lord’s commands.
❏ I am firmly anchored to the instructions of the Lord even though evil people try to drag me into sin.
❏ I rise at midnight to thank the Lord for His just regulations.
❏ I am a friend to anyone who fears the Lord and anyone who obeys His commandments.
❏ I ask the Lord to teach me His decrees because His unfailing love fills the earth.
What are you learning about yourself? What are you learning about God? What is God saying to you personally? Do you want His blessings that come from following His way? Or do you just want to keep going your own way?
Why don’t you take some time to talk to God about it?
There are plenty of people who have an opinion about your life. And there are many more who would like to tell you what they think about your life! Have you surrounded yourself with those who fear the Lord and want to obey His commands? Why not go to at least one of them and ask them to evaluate your desperate dependency based on Psalm 119:57–64?
Leave a Comment and let us know your experience with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8.
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
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 7 Ps. 119:49–56
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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