57 Lord how satisfying it is to declare: ‘You are mine!’. I am determined to do all that You tell me to do. 58 With all of my heart I seek Your favour, I ask that You will be merciful and gracious to me just as You promised. 59 I check the direction of my life and turn to follow and obey Your instructions. 60 I hurry without delay to chase after Your commandments. How I long to follow Your revelation-light and bask in Your glory! 61 When temptation encircles and entangles me, I won’t forget Your laws, for I’m firmly anchored to You. 62 When You call me at midnight I arise to give You thanks and praise. I am in awe of Your righteous ordinances. 63 All who love and reverently fear You will be my friend. Those who bow in obedience to Your Word are my family. 64 O Lord God Almighty, the earth is filled with Your lovingkindness and goodness. My heart cries out for more of Your teachings and a deeper revelation of Your ways.
My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.
Praying Psalm 119:57-64 Unfailing Love:
Lord how amazing it is and truly wonderful that I can call You mine. I am in awe at the fact that You call me Yours! I am reminded that I am Your child. How I long to grow in steadfast devotion to You. I desire to be obedient to do ALL that You tell me to do, no matter how ridiculous or scary it may seem, I simply need to trust You. Abba Father, with all of my heart I seek and ask for Your favour. I ask that You will be merciful and gracious to me. I don’t ever want to deviate from Your path of perfect plans, so I’ll forever check my direction and adjust my steps to ensure I’m following and obeying Your every command and instruction. With a great sense of urgency I hurry to chase after You. I don’t want to miss a moment of living out Your commands. Jesus, I long to follow Your revelation-light for all of my days so I can bask in Your glory! How my whole body aches when temptation encircles me and entangles me, but I’m determined to never forget Your laws, so lift me high above the fight and help me to remain pure. Thank You Lord that I can declare: ‘I’m firmly anchored in Your ways; Your instructions; and Your Word!’. When You call me in the dark of the night, I pray I never allow tiredness to stop me from answering You. For Lord, You are so worthy of all the praise and adoration that I can bestow upon You. Those moments in the quiet of the night are simply astounding. Thank You Jesus for wiping away my record of wrongs, may I lovingly devote myself to Your call to cease sinning and I ask that You empower me to do Your will: seek justice; speak life into those under the heavy hand of oppression; defend the fatherless; plead for and bless the widows; most importantly help me to draw people into Your Kingdom Lord Jesus! I desire to honour those who call You Lord, for those who reverently fear You are my friends. Those who bow in obedience to Your Word are my family. Thank You Lord for giving me amazing friends to share this journey with. O Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is filled with Your lovingkindness and goodness. Right at this moment the world is waking up and singing a new song of praise to You! How my heart cries out for more of You and Your teachings. Lord take me deeper so I can know and truly understand more of You and Your ways.
I came across the word: ordinances and it has taken quite some time to try and get my head around what that word means. Here’s my research and thoughts:
A quick google search provides the definition of: an authoritative order.
My study showed a distinct difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament the priests had to go through a huge process before they could enter the Holy of Holies – the place where they met with God. When Jesus sacrificed Himself upon the cross that all changed. Now we can each individually approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
Bible study tools .com discusses Deuteronomy 4 where the people of Israel were on the east bank of the Jordan about to enter Canaan. Verse 1 opens with a powerful declaration and reminder: “Now, O Israel, listen and pay attention to the statutes and the judgments (God’s legal decisions) which I am teaching you to do, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.” (Amplified version)
Further along, verse 9 feels like a real plea for the people to pay close attention; never forget the things they have seen and experienced; so that the wonders of the journey remain in their hearts. There is a call to always tell these wonders to their children and grandchildren so that the their minds and hearts can be penetrated with the glorious truths experienced.
One of the biggest things that stood out to me as I read and mediated upon the Israelite’s journey in the wilderness is that even though there were all these amazing wonders happening around them (pillar of fire, cloud to follow during the day, manna from heaven, encounters with God at Mount Sinai…) they still strayed. They found it hard to follow all the rules and laws that God issued. I can relate so much to that! So it’s absolutely wonderful and truly amazing to know that the New Covenant, that has been established by Jesus, is one of grace. The long list of my wrongs and failings are wiped clean each and every day. Daily I can boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) and receive mercy and grace afresh! With this new covenant in place the word ordinances takes on a whole new meaning.
Hebrews 10:16-17 explains that the new covenant will mean that God will put His laws in our hearts and write them on our minds. Then He will never again remember our sins and lawless deeds. That’s such an awesome promise! Walking in this glorious grace enables us to live life as Jesus did – 1 John 2:6: ”Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (New Living Translation)
Jesus commissioned his disciples to do just that: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 New Living Translation
Relevant Bible teaching .com states that the two ordinances we should observe are: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also known as communion). Baptism is the public declaration of our decision to follow Christ and communion is a time of remembrance for the sacrifice Jesus made.
Isaiah 1:17 urges us to: “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” (New Living Translation)
Here are a couple more links:
International standard Bible .com – ordinances
Church of the Great God – ordinances