Joy

We all seek happiness, but do we realize misery is the offspring of sin? Charles Bridges
It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God...love God more.  Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote. 

Psalm 119:1-8

I have never doubted the Word of God. I've had my doubts about other things as I follow Jesus, but from the very beginning when God found and rescued me, He gave me the gift of believing that His Word is not only True, but Truth. With the privilege of attending Bible college for four years, and many years of Bible studies and hearing it preached this week in and week out, I have come to have a joy I cannot explain. Joy that is always present regardless of my circumstances, which has not always been the case. If friends, family, and comforts are removed will I still be joyful because of Jesus? A question I ask myself on a daily basis. Continuing my posts of Psalm 119 and Delighting in God's Word I asked the following questions as I studied this section.
  1. What is the Psalmist praying for in verses 1-8?
  2. What are things that keep us from spending time in God's Word?
  3. Am I convinced it is all I need for life and godliness? (2 Peter 1:3)
Several words convict me as I read through these verses.
  • All=my entire being, my whole heart--verse 2
  • Diligent=constant effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything(www.dictionary.com) --verse 4
  • Committed--verses 5-7
There is joy in keeping the law of the Lord.

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