This section this weeks takes on a very personal meaning to me. I have been crying daily because of the situation we are in with this sweet little boy. Honestly it is so hard to watch his parents sit back and do nothing to try to get him back. I cannot imagine not having a fight in you for your own children. It breaks my heart and lays heavily on me in this season. I know I will move pass it and be able to live in thankfulness that God rescued him from neglect into our loving home. But for now I sit in ashes and dust. My heart grieves for the entire situation.
Plus this is the season of Lent where we do reflect intentionally a bit more on the heaviness of the cross. The weight of it, how God loved us so much He went to the cross despising the shame yet doing it for the joy set before Him so you and I can be free in Him. How amazing He would bear every sin we would ever commit, every pain, every tear. What a horrific thing, yet He did it in great intense love for us. May that love change us. May we live our lives bearing our own crosses and follow in His example. He is our Everything!
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
Honestly in tough seasons this is the only thing that gets me by. As I remember what He has already done and the words of promise He has given us. I wait in hope. It sustains me. Is there something specific you can share here where His promises has given you hope?
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
Again the only comfort I have in affliction is His word, His promises to me. They are what truly give life to the full despite our circumstances.
The insolent utterly deride me but I do not turn away from your law.
There will always be those who are prideful and think they know best for us. Don't get me wrong, there is wisdom in many counselors like the Proverbs says, however, make sure they line up with HIS word. No matter what do not turn from His law. In faith move in those steps even if you have to do it alone. There are some hard decisions we are having to make at this time in our lives. We must do it in faith despite what others say. They do not always know the entire situation at hand and cannot view it in the proper perspective. The narrow road is not easy but completely worth it.
When I think of your rules from of old,I take comfort, O Lord.
I do indeed find comfort in His rules. From His laws. From His promises. They are to protect and sustain us. He is good. His ways are right. Let us be quick to follow in them.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.
I love this verse because this is how I am feeling about the wickedness I am experiencing in my life first hand from the consequences of others. This hot indignation means literally in the Hebrew, raging or burning heat. I feel these emotions intensely now and I find comfort in this because God is not afraid of my emotion, He can handle it, David felt it so it is normal.
Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.
Oh that as we walk the path before us, His words fill us with songs in our heart. May we continually praise Him for His wonderful word to us.
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,and keep your law. This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.
When life is hard and I cannot sleep because of it, I will remember His law and dwell on it. I will keep it fully because I am in Christ. Where I mess up, Christ has paid the price for that so I can get up and walk it out again because He exchanged His life for mine. So in the great exchange I have kept His precepts because I am hidden in HIM. Oh how glorious that is!