Note: There one hundred and seventy-six verses in Psalm 119. That is way too many for a single setting so we will break into smaller bites for this week’s daily Thought for the Day.
‘65 You have dealt well with your servant,
O LORD, according to your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
67 Before I was humbled I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
68 You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
69 The arrogant smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.
70 Their hearts are fat and gross,
but I delight in your law.
71 It is good for me that I was humbled,
so that I might learn your statutes.
72 The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” NRSV
When we pray, it is quite common for us to spend out time praying for loved ones in need. That’s a good thing. But, have your ever spent serious prayer time asking God to “teach me good judgment and knowledge?”
I hope so. I hope you want to deepen your understanding of how your faith impacts the choices (good judgment) you make. That is how God is present to us in the most tangible ways.
Apparently, this Psalmist learned the importance of this lesson the hard way (before I was humbled I went a stray). That may be the way all of us learn this important lesson of faith. The key is that we actually learn it.
Be a blessing to someone today!