105 Your living Word is a shining light that guides my feet to the path of life. The revelation of Your Word throws light to the darkest path. Your instructions help me to make the correct choice. 106 I am fully committed to and never want to turn away from Your righteous regulations. May the rest of my life reveal my commitment to You and Your ways. 107 When things fall apart; when I’m once again buried, broken and overwhelmed by it all; restore life to me again through Your living Word; put me together again with Your breath of love. 108 Lord, accept and take pleasure in my offering of praise. Teach me Your holy rules and how I can please You more. 109 Even if my life hangs by a single thread, I pray that I never forget Your Word. Help me, no matter what, to keep to Your laws of life. 110 The ungodly wicked ones try to throw me off-track, but I don’t ever want to wander away from You and Your commandments. 111 Lord, every word that You’ve spoke to me is a joyous and precious treasure. I am so thankful and grateful that Your testimonies are my heritage forevermore, what gladness fills my heart! 112 I am determined for I’ve set my heart upon the path of life so that I obey You and Your statues completely into eternity. How I long to worship You until the very end of time!
My paraphrased version is from the New Living Translation; the Amplified; the Message; and The Passion Translation.
Praying Psalm 119: 105-112 a shining light: Abba Father, I am so grateful that Your living Word is a bright shining light that guides my feet along every step of the path of life. Lord, I am so grateful that the revelation of Your Word throws a light upon the darkest path. Thank You that Your instructions help me to make the correct and wisest choice. Lord, I am fully committed to and never want to turn away from You and Your ways. Oh Lord Jesus when things fall apart again; when I’m once again bruised, broken, buried and overwhelmed by it all; please rush in with You amazing grace and restore life to me again through Your living Word; will You please put me together again with Your breath of love? Lord God, will You please accept and take pleasure in my offering of praise. I ask that my words may be a sweet sound to Your ears and my love a sweet incense to Your nose. May my devotion put a smile upon Your face. Please continue to teach me more of Your holy rules and reveal ways that I can please You more. Lord, even if my life hangs in the balance and I’m clinging to life by a single thread, I pray that I never forget Your Word. Holy Spirit, empower me to keep to Your laws of life no matter what. Lord, when the ungodly wicked ones try to throw me off-tack, I pray that I will have the wisdom and strength to stay upon Your course. I don’t ever want to wander away from You and Your commandments. Oh Lord, every word that You’ve spoken to me is such a joyous, glorious and precious treasure. I am so thankful and grateful that Your testimonies are my heritage forevermore. Thank You that Your book of life is mine! What gladness fills and overflows my heart. Almighty God, I am determined to walk upon the path of life so that I obey You and Your statues completely into eternity. I set my heart upon You and Your ways. Holy Spirit, please empower me to completely obey You forevermore, even until the very end of time!
‘You raise me up’ – Josh Groban – YouTube lyrics video
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As the excitement of Christmas builds – as the tree fills with presents; as the cupboard is stocked with treats; and cooking fills the house with scrumptious smells, I find myself reflecting upon the reason for my great excitement.
As I’ve been reflecting upon the story of Christmas I noticed that:
- the impossible was prophesied: an angel told Mary, a virgin, that she would conceive a child through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38).
- the impossible was confirmed: an angel visited Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) and explained what was happening with Mary. Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) confirmed that Mary carried the Savior (Luke 1:39-45).
- the impossible was declared: after Elizabeth confirmed and rejoiced, Mary burst into a beautiful declaration of praise: “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.” Luke 1:46-50 New Living Translation
- the impossible was fulfilled: Jesus was born as had been prophesied. “That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” Luke 2: 8-20 New Living Translation
“God knows what it is like to be a human. When I talk to Him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, He understands. He’d been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, I have a friend in heaven. Because of Bethlehem, I have a Savior in heaven. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the King on the cross.” An extract from Max Lucado’s book: Because of Bethlehem Love is born Hope is here
All of this inspires me to hold on for the impossibilities in my life to unfold and declare: “For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 Amplified
One of my prayers this Christmas: Thank You Jesus for the joy of Christmas. Lord help me to grasp the true wonder and joy that Christmas holds. I thank You so much that You walked the earth so You know all that I’m wrestling with right now. Lord, You became my Savior through the work of the cross and now You’re seated in glory and honour. Prince of Peace all glory and honour to You. Let my faith arise to declare that the impossibilities You call me to will be fulfilled! Thank You Jesus that with You NOTHING is impossible. Praise You Lord. Amen.
May the joy and wonder of Christmas fill you heart and your home.
Many Blessings, Keona
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