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Psalm 119:49-64

Psalm 119 delivers a clear and bold message that God's Word needs to be the center of our lives. Literally line after line lays out the value of God's Word and how living according to God's law is right and good. But we also find some smaller nuggets tucked in between all this great information. Look at verse 63, for example. "I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts." This verse indicates that we aren't meant to be stand alone Christians. In other words, God expects us to have friendships, fellowship, relationships with other Christ-followers.

So what can we do this week to make sure we're involved, and connecting in a meaningful way, with other Christians? Tami W.

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Yes Tami, I too believe that God expects us to have friendships, fellowship and relationship with others. Even though the Holy Spirit dwells within us, who truly believe in God, He has also placed people in our lives to help guide us. Like for example, Dr. Kroll, you and other colleagues at BTTB and other persons and ministries that truly teach God's Word. But in our day to day life, we could become part of a local Bible study or prayer group sharing God's Word and our testimonies. We can also seek out persons who need God's Word and tell them about God's excellent greatness and pray for them so that they too may see the Light. We cannot force them to believe but sharing that moment with them might come in handy one day when they really need God's grace and mercy.

Thank you so much for your ministry and may God continue to strengthen and bless you, your husband, your family and all at BTTB.

Isn't it wonderful to know that we, as Christians, have so much in common with other Christians who may be total strangers, from different cultures, speak different languages, or are many years older or younger that we can say, "I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts" This is only by God's grace, and to His glory!
Thank you Tami for "Powered by 4" devotional! This is my first day joining you here, and this is a great way to find encouragement from God's Word and other Christians.

Tami, thank you. Once again, these words from our Bible are exactly what I needed to read and consider prayerfully today. I like to get up before my family and read - it is my special time with God.

I have just joined a Bible study at my church with other Moms who would really benefit from this ministry - I can't wait to share it with them. You are so right that we need to have fellowship with other believers; I have found that to be such a source of strength in my own life. This strengthens us in our world, and even sometimes right in our own families, when we encounter those who are "insolent" (as in today's reading). It is so encouraging to me to remember that others have called to the Lord in distress and that he hears us. Praise to him, and thank you, Tami and BTTB.

Michelle

Michelle, thanks for your comment. Isn't it amazing how God knows exactly what we need each day from His Word? Glad today's reading encouraged you! And thanks for letting the women in your Bible study know about P4. We'd love to have them join us. Tami W.

Sue, it's great to have you in the P4 family. And thanks for leaving a comment on your first day :) Tami W.

I love that God wants us to have great friends. I love even more that He brings those special people into our lives just when we need them! Friends are a great gift from Him. But the hardest part of this verse for me is connecting in a meaningful way. With family, church, work, etc., I see lots of friends on lots of occasions, but I'm not sure these encounters would be classified as meaningful. Thank you for the reminder that being around my friends is not enough. We need to connect!

Yes we do need fellowship with other christians. We need to pray for each other that is on our prayer list at BTTB or that is on our church prayer list. But we need to do more than that for others in our church. You hear someone is sick or that is on the prayer list, get up find information and go to the hospital or their home! Take action not just only prayer. Dont get me wrong prayer is powerfull but we need to do more. You have someone out in your sunday school class, call them to see if their okay, and if they are tell them that you missed them. You even need to do this for the ones that you may not even care for at church. This is standing up and doing good fellowship for other christians. Do more than just prayer, get up off that couch and take alittle effoert! you will be glad that you did.

Lately I feel that friendships (Christian and for the unbelievers (yet))are just as important as family and I stay connected by praying for them. God will place a friend on my heart and I will pray for them, encourage them or just reach out to them because I'm thinking of them. I think it's important to stay connected and not allow daily tasks to consume us to the point of not reaching out. Taking the time to connect is always rewarding and when we let the Holy Spirit lead us, where sure to not only be a blessing to others, but also be blessed.

Great comments and Wanda I agree with you about visiting and/or calling, coupled with prayer we cannot go wrong. This is a part of our ministry. People will really believe and be assured that we care.

I love this special time with BTTB staff and all those who comment on day to day application of God's truths!

Angie & Wanda, I agree with your comments about meaningful interactions and being able to declare a word of my faith to others. I have often thought--If my actions were recorded as we find in the book of Acts, what significance would my ACTIONS have on the lives of others around me? Are my actions pleasing to my Lord? The scriptures remind me to attempt to have the mind of Christ in what I say and do. May I put actions to my prayers for His benefit!

I'd say keeping in His word and going to Church regularly. I have trouble with that one. What struck me from this passage is he quoted he follows God's statues then he asks later what are thy precepts. He seems confused to me. I don't know that is what I think when I read the psalms. Sorry this is a little down I'm a little down tonight. But this is something I have struggled with, can anyone help? Thank you Janice

Janice,

Psalm 119 is all about the Scriptures. The psalmist uses a lot of different words to describe God's Word: statutes, commandments, laws, decrees and precepts to name just a few. The point is, the writer is really excited about what God has to say to him. He talks about all the things God's Word can do: encourage purity (v. 9), provide counsel (v. 24), give comfort (v. 50), give guidance (v. 105), give salvation (v. 123) and so on.

The Bible is unlike any other book. It's not something that you can read once and then put on the shelf. The psalmist says, "I shall delight in Thy statutes; I shall not forget Thy Word" (v. 16), and "So I will keep Thy law continually, forever and ever" (v. 44). Yet at the same time he cries out, "Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders" (v. 27) and "Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, and I shall observe it to the end" (v. 33). Is he confused? No, the psalmist simply realizes no matter how much we know about God's Word, no matter how many times we've read it through, every time we open the Bible, there's something new to learn, some new insight to apply to our lives.

When we come to the Bible, it should be with a sense of excitement and expectation. The psalmist says in verse 18, "Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Thy law." That should be our prayer every time we sit down to read the Scriptures. And we will never be disappointed. The Bible is "the gift that keeps on giving."

Hope this helps clarify.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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