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(Psalm 119:105-112 NRS)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.
107 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word.
108 Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your ordinances.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
112 I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

A lamp as a light to what path? Discipleship is not easy. We so easily let the world distract us from the lamp light of God to turn it from God’s path for us to the path the world expects of us. It is hard in this day and age to walk a Christian path be-cause of growing opposition to living that kind of life outside a monastery wall. But let us look at the psalmist’s words: “I have sworn an oath to observe your righteous ordinances” therefore: Even in severe affliction I KNOW my life is according to YOUR word. God is continually watching over me in all things and anything harsh I survive will make me stronger if I trust and rely on God’s love for me.
Accept my offerings of praise AND keep teaching me YOUR ordinances. The praise of my mouth is in gratitude and not to seek things for myself. Keep providing teaching moments for me so I can live faithfully as a steward of all things you put in my path. My life is in my hands BUT I DO NOT forget your law. My life is in my hands to choose whether to fol-low YOUR law or abandon it for the world. Wicked ones seek to trap me BUT I DO NOT stray from YOUR precepts. Even as those who oppose YOU are actively opposing me for my faithfulness to YOU, I will endure it to remain faithful to all YOUR decrees. YOUR decrees ARE my heritage and my joy. All that YOU have spoken as the proper way to live are my inheritance and will be that which I will joyfully share with all so they too can inherit all that is good and right from YOU. I incline my heart to perform YOUR statutes forever. I will be faithful to YOU forever. This psalmist is truly in despair for the treatment he is receiving for being a faithful follower of God but he knows his strength in life can only come from God. The 19th Century Danish Philosopher/Teacher Soren Aabye Kierkegaard who wrote about those faced with hard choices the following: “The greater the degree of consciousness, the more intense the despair.” For many who follow Christ in our day this is as Luther said: “Is most certainly true.” We are more concerned by how others see us than how Christ sees us. Luther wrote in the catechism “We should fear and love God” but fear in the sense of not wanting to put ourselves in God’s place or disappoint God with our words and deeds. Un-fortunately, this fear of God has been lost and may be hard to regain and teach our children as part of their spiritual inheritance.
Most people tend to skip the 119th psalm because of its length. I would like to encourage reading the 119th psalm in its entirety over a week’s time to explore the psalmist’s despair, hurt, strength, joy and faithfulness and find a way to claim these characteristics for yourself. The psalmist’s ability to share all his emotions with God from deep faith and joy to frustration is a great model for us all. Our God loved us
enough to send Jesus to die and Jesus experienced for himself and received from others the wide range of human emotions.
God is our Creator and as Saint Matthew says in chapter 10 verse 30, that God counts even the hairs on your head. So if God is so invested in even what we consider the littlest or insignificant things in our lives why can we not be fully invested in our relationship with him?
Share your life and trust in God with God and his Christ,
Pastor Flavia

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