Posts Tagged ‘psalm 119’

Seeking a Beautiful Face

Jul 30

Seeking a Beautiful Face 073011by Victoria Robinson

Discouragement inevitably will follow when we gaze upon all the ugliness of a fallen world. The cure to this is to seek beauty. The beauty found in a face—His face.  The psalmist desired to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD. He so beautifully tells us, “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

Girlfriends, there is nothing about our Lord that is not beautiful. Therefor when we seek His face we will find satisfaction. The book of Psalms reminds us, “And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”

Have you taken your eyes off of the beauty of our Lord’s face? If so, there is sure to be unrest in your heart. As you reflect on these scriptures turn your focus to the beauty found in His face and rejoice in His beauty and strength.

Dearest girlfriends, let us seek the beautiful face of our Lord where true satisfaction will be found. Your heart will find peace as you gaze upon Him.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. … My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. ~ Psalm 27:4,8 NIV
 
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.  Selah ~ Psalm 23:3-6 NIV
  
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. ~ Psalm 31:16 NIV
 
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. ~ Psalm 119:58 NIV
 
Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. ~ Psalm 143:7 NIV
 
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. ~ Psalm 105:3-4 NIV
 
And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. ~ Psalm 17:15 NIV

Celebrate Freedom!

Jul 04

Celebrate Freedom 060411by Victoria Robinson

Oh girlfriends, the irony just cannot go unnoticed when the apostle Paul tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Is not this the same man who spent so much of his ministry in prison? Yet here we have a man celebrating freedom—freedom from the sinful life he had previously known before his encounter with the Savior.

Paul then goes on to tell us, “For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature …” The apostle James admonishes us that freedom comes from obedience  when he says, “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” The psalmist also tells us freedom requires obedience when he writes these wonderful words, “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”

All of these truths encourage us that regardless of our circumstances true freedom comes about through personal proper behavior. The responsibility to be free lies within each of us. Sin is a choice that will imprison our souls—obedience will set us free.

Dearest girlfriends, let us celebrate the freedom from sin that we have through our relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. ~ Galatians 5:1 NIV
 
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
 
For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. ~ Galatians 5:13 NLT
 
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. ~ Psalm 119:45 NIV
 
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:25 NIV
 
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:15-23 NIV

Is Rocky Road Really Sweet?

May 28

by Victoria Robinson

Oh yummm!!!!! Sweet gooey marshmallow, decadent chocolate, and nuts all make for a delicious treat. There are so many sweet ways to enjoy Rocky Road … candy, ice cream, brownies, dessert pizza, cake … and on and on the list could go. While Rocky Road might make a sweet treat, spiritually speaking, none of us wants to walk a rocky road in life.

There is nothing sweet about choosing to walk on a rocky road in life, but there is sweetness to be found in walking on the chosen path by obeying God’s word. The psalmist said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” King Solomon warned us that a treacherous person walks a rocky road.

Girlfriends, do you find yourself traveling on a rocky road due to the ungodly choices you are making? If so, stop right where you are and repent and allow your heavenly Father to place  you on a smooth road.

Dearest girlfriends, let us choose to walk in God’s sweet ways instead of on a bitter rocky road.

A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person walks a rocky road. ~ Proverbs 13:15 NLT 

I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. ~ Psalm 119:101-104 NIV

… everyone who does right walks on a smooth road. ~ Proverbs 15:19 CEV

When In Doubt… Rely On the Black & White

Feb 17

by Victoria Robinson

There are times in all our lives when we cannot seem to understand God’s direction. To solve this mystery we must rely on the truth of His written Word. The answers are all there in black and white. Clearly He is using these circumstances in your life to bring you deeper into His Word. Embrace what He is doing and dig as deep as you possibly can into the black and white truths He has so graciously given us.

You may want to make a list in black and white by writing down your questions and His answers according to His Word. An excellent resource for searching His Word is: biblegateway.com. You can search using words or topics. This free website provides plenty of great material to assist your search for black and white answers to your perplexing questions.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we cannot understand our heavenly Father’s direction, we will dig deeply into His Word and allow the black and white truths to navigate us to safety.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. ~ Psalm 119:133 NIV
 
May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:169 NIV
 
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ~ John 17:17 NIV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~ Psalm 119:105 NIV
 
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. ~ Psalm 119:35 NIV

A Wonderful Heritage

Jan 03

by Victoria Robinson

Some people have a wonderful heritage. Their family tree is full of famous and admirable relatives. On the other hand some people do not proudly announce their heritage. (Perhaps a few too many black sheep in the tree?) The Word of God speaks of a wonderful heritage that is available to everyone regardless of who has preceded you in your family tree.

This heritage is based on the statutes of the Lord. King David said they were the joy of his heart. These statutes are found in the Word of God and provide rich reading that will give your life the heritage we all desire. Along with learning and obeying the Lord’s statutes, it is important to continue this rich heritage by telling them to the next generation and therefore keeping the heritage going.

Girlfriends, are you more concerned about your earthly heritage or your heavenly heritage. You can determine this by examining your life. Do you set your heart on keeping the Lord’s decrees? Dearest girlfriends, won’t you allow the statutes of the Lord give you a godly heritage today?

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. ~ Psalm 119:11-112 NIV
 
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. ~ Psalm 18:1-7 NIV

Are You Dumb as a Mule?

Dec 14

by Victoria Robinson

Do you run to your heavenly Father when He calls you, or do you need to be controlled by bit and bridle? If you are being difficult to handle, then I hesitate to say this, but, well… you  are just being dumb. There, I said it! OUCH! Hurts doesn’t it? When we refuse to come willingly to our heavenly Father, the psalmist says it is because we lack understanding, in other words, we are just plain dumb!

Being dumb involves lack of spiritual understanding. But that does not necessarily mean a lack of knowledge of the scriptures. It can mean we fail to understand what our heavenly Father is doing in our life. A mule may be thought of as dumb, yet they are actually a very intelligent animal and won’t put themselves in danger. Sometimes their obstinate behavior is due to their being frightened, unsure of what is being asked of them, or self-preservation. Are you as stubborn as a mule when it comes to obeying your heavenly Father? All of the traits of a stubborn mule can be attributed to lack of trust in their owner. Do you have lack of trust in your “owner”, otherwise known as, your heavenly Father? Remember, He paid the ultimate price for you!

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would not be obstinate and need to be controlled with a bit and bridle, but rather we would willingly go in the direction our heavenly Father is leading us.

Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. ~ Psalm 32:9 NIV
 
 
… a people without understanding will come to ruin! ~ Hosea 4:14 NIV
 
… Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. ~ Daniel 10:12 NIV
 
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. ~ Psalm 119:104 NIV

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Dec 07

by Victoria Robinson

Okay girlfriends, here is what I am going to need to purchase. An eye mask, ear plugs, and a lip zip. How else do you expect me to survive in this world knowing our heavenly father tells me not to look at evil, not to listen to evil, and not to speak evil. Or, I can simply guard what I see, what I hear, and what I speak. That would look so much prettier wouldn’t it?

Some of the greatest temptations in what I view are found on television, movies, the internet and in literature. This also crosses over to my ears, as some of the language is not what I should be listening to. Then I need to avoid those who gossip. As for not speaking evil, well that really stems from what is in my heart. Which actually ties into what I view and what I listen to. These are the things I am allowing to enter my heart and therefore will eventually make their way out of my mouth.

So are you guarding your eyes, ears, and lips? Or are you carelessly allowing these to be instruments used by Satan? Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would honor our heavenly Father by seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil.

I will set before my eyes no vile thing. ~ Psalm 101:3 NIV
 
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:37 NIV
 
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. ~ Proverbs 17:24 NIV
 
Anyone who refuses to slander others, does not listen to gossip, … and refuses to testify against the innocent despite the bribes offered him—such a man shall stand firm forever. ~ Psalm 15:3,5 TLB
  
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’” ~ Matthew 15:10-11 NIV
 
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. ~ Matthew 15:18-19 NIV 
 
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. ~ Proverbs 16:22 NIV 
 
For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. ~ Ephesians 5:12 NIV
 
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. ~ Proverbs 4:24 NIV