I’m honored to have Deborah H. Bateman as a guest blogger. Deborah is a Christian author, publisher, blogger, and website designer. She is the founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian online ministry dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word.” She enjoys studying the Bible and sharing it with others. She’ll be sharing from her book, Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. She wrote this book to share with you the importance of hiding God’s Word in your heart.
Deborah has published six books: The Book of Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption; The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor; Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life; Finding our Identity in Christ; The Book of Ezra: A Story of Provision and Protection.
You can connect with Deborah on her author blog at http://DeborahHBateman.com.
Here is an excerpt from Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.
Lesson 1: I Will Keep Thy Statutes
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. It is in the middle of the Bible, and it is an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. Although most acrostics are one verse, Psalm 119 is broken up into stanzas of eight verses with each letter. The number eight means “life from the dead,” because on the eighth day Jesus came back from the dead. We are going to break this chapter up into small bite-size pieces so it is easier to digest and we can take it all in.
This first portion of Scripture starts off with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet ALEPH. The Psalmist says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.” Blessed are those who seek God with their whole heart. They keep His laws. They don’t practice sin, but walk in the ways of the LORD always.
The Psalmist professes to God that he knows God commanded us to diligently keep His precepts and confesses that he wishes he was able to do so, and then he wouldn’t be ashamed when he remembers all the commandments of God. He declares to God that he will praise Him with a pure heart when he has learned of God’s righteous judgment. He proclaims that he will keep God’s statutes and begs God not to forsake him.
Even when we try with all of our might to walk in the ways of the LORD, we fall short, but God loves us and He will forgive us if we ask Him. He will help us and give us the strength we need to walk in His ways, if we diligently seek Him.
Daily Bible Scripture:
1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Things to Think About:
- Do you desire to walk in the ways of the LORD?
- How can we learn the ways of the LORD?
- What part does praise play in our relationship with the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist reminds us that those who walk in Your ways are blessed. Forgive us of the times we have fallen short of living the life You desire for us to live. Help us to walk righteously before You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is available on Amazon, along with her others books. Thanks so much for sharing this excerpt, Deborah.