Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 9 – Teth
This post challenges you with the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 9. 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 119:65–72 (Teth) exposes some challenging questions. Let’s start by reading this portion of Scripture. Take it slowly, and let it sink deeply into your mind.
Here is the text of the Teth section of Psalm 119.
65 You have done many good things for me, LORD,
just as you promised.
66 I believe in your commands;
now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word.
68 You are good and do only good;
teach me your decrees.
69 Arrogant people smear me with lies,
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are dull and stupid,
but I delight in your instructions.
71 My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
72 Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:65–72?
When disasters strike such as Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the wildfires raging in the western United States, are you willing and ready to say that God is good and does only good? On the other side of brokenness are you inclined to say that your suffering was good for you because it taught you to pay attention to the Lord’s decrees?
Considering Psalm 119:65–72, evaluate your status of dependency on God. Mark the statements that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you.
❏ The Lord has done many good things for me just as He promised.
❏ I believe in the Lord’s commands and I ask Him to teach me good judgment and knowledge.
❏ I used to wander off until the Lord disciplined me; but now I closely follow His word.
❏ I ask the Lord to teach me His decrees because He is good and does only good.
❏ Even though arrogant people smear me with lies, I obey the commandments of the Lord with all my heart.
❏ I delight in the instructions of the Lord, even when difficult people distress me.
❏ I can say my suffering was good for me because it taught me to pay attention to the Lord’s decrees.
❏ I value the instructions of the Lord more than millions in gold and silver.
Americans endured difficult days. How readily do we admit “The Lord has done many good things for me just as He promised.” As storms threaten, would we honestly say, “I value the instructions of the Lord more than millions in gold and silver?” We heard of plenty of people who did not exercise “good judgment and knowledge” in the crises. Was that because they did not ask for “good judgment and knowledge,” or because they did not “believe in the Lord’s commands”?
How did you do?
“I used to wander off until the Lord disciplined me.” Often God places individuals in our lives to assist with His disciplinary processes. These friends and loved ones may offer a more tender discipling approach than directly facing God’s chastisement. Give others permission to be God’s tool in your life as they evaluate your desperate dependency based on Psalm 119:65–72?
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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
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 7 Ps. 119:49–56
Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 8 Ps. 119:57–64
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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