Daily Reading: 8-29-16
Psalm 119:65-72 New Living Translation (NLT)
If I have calculated things correctly, today would have been Mother and Dad’s 68th wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe but it has been six years since Dad went home to be with Jesus; I miss him. In fact, I have thought a lot about Dad recently. He was a strict parent, but a good one. When Dad told us to do something; he meant it and wanted it done quickly. More than once I dallied too long and found myself in the thick of a discipline moment.
It can be the same with our heavenly Father. Sometimes we can be so slow to follow God’s commands for our lives we find ourselves being disciplined. God is honored when we pay attention to His Word and quickly step out to follow. In our passage today, the Psalmist reminds us what a blessing it is when we allow God to teach us.
You have done many good things for me, Lord,
just as you promised.
I believe in your commands;
now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word.
You are good and do only good;
teach me your decrees.
Arrogant people smear me with lies,
but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart.
Their hearts are dull and stupid,
but I delight in your instructions.
My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver.
Prayer: Father, please continue to teach and instruct me; I need you. I want to thank you for the times you have disciplined me, too. I have learned many valuable insights even from my mistakes; I thank you for my ability to recognize the truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.