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Psalm 119:97-120

One message came across loud and clear to me from Psalm 119:97-120--Engaging God's Word (receiving it, reflecting on it, and then responding to it) is life changing. So the more I'm in God's Word, considering it and putting it into action in my daily life, the better off I'll be spiritually.

What is the impact on the psalmist from being in God's Word? How has God's Word changed your thinking, attitudes and actions? Tami

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The psalmist had certainly benefited from God's Word, and his perspective on life was affected as result, as verse 111 points out: "Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart."

for my part, God's Word continues to shape my thinking and development as a Christlike disciple. Its instructions and precepts are at work within my to make to make me more like Him. The great commandment--to love Him with all we've got, and love our neighbor as ourselves--particularly challenges me to look at people through Christ's eyes, and extend to them the love He extends to me.

The psalmist speaks of his understanding of things the more he is in Gods word. I too have better understanding while being more into his word daily and i find the more im in it the more i see through Him. Praise God!

What the Psalmist writes in vs 117 "Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!" shows how much he needed God's Word (to actually sustain and uphold him!)

For me, I always need to approach the Word with the attitude of gaining the spiritual substance my soul needs.

This Psalm speaks to my heart in many ways. V98: "Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, .." V99: "I have more understanding than all my teachers. ..." V104: Though your precepts, I get understanding; I hate every false way." V110: "The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts." V114: "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word."
Whenever things come at me, no matter what, I have my God, my Jesus as my refuge, and I NEVER fear wicked when I submit and cry out to God for protection! It is a feeling of safety. I don't REACT, I think about God's words and how He teaches us about wicked people and how to handle them. He guides us to NOT get caught up in their snare. Children and adults might, for example, say something hurtful and then an argument could start. It is a snare. The devil delights when people fight. That is something a Mom or Dad would coach us on, but as we get older, we may not always have our parents to help us on that.When I was younger and I hurt myself playing outside, I would always run, tell my Mom, she would nurse me back to physical health, and wrap her arms around me so I wasn't afraid anymore. I would stop crying and feel totally safe in her arms, like no other. The same feeling comes over me when I go to God, tell him what is going on--it could be anything, family issues, health issues, people who have oppressed my family members in a wrongful way. I read Psalm 119 out loud, and God knows exactly what is in my heart. We could tell a good friend, but sometimes, God is the only one I want to speak with, because I know he forgives me, teaches me how to forgive the aggressor, and doesn't hold a grudge or opinion about me if I ask for forgiveness. If I do something or say something and maybe don't know at that moment--I ask God to reveal to me what it is I did or said and then I can correct it. It's not just about the wrongdoers, this Psalm. It speaks to us on many levels.
I love how it ties in so beautifully with 2 Timothy 2: V14-26. V23: "Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know they breed quarrels. V24: "And the Lord's servant must not be quarellsome, but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, V25: correcting his opponents with gentleness, V26: that they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
Arguing with someone who is not willing to compromise and only sees their side won't get you anywhere. Even when our emotions get the better of us, we have to stop, think, and put into practice what God has taught us--don't get entangled in all the non productive conversations. Sometimes we just want to blow up and say what is on our minds at that moment. If we follow scripture, pray, ask for refuge,and patiently wait out the situation, the time WILL come when you will be able to approach that person, if the Lord permits it, to teach them with gentleness that they may realize what they said or did wasn't right. It is in God's timing, not ours, so you start to develop a sense of patience because we sometimes are in the biggest hurry to have something fixed right away. God WILL show that timing to you. It's hard to wait, and it doesn't mean we are supposed to let people walk all over us. We should speak out as Christians when we see something wrong happening-someone being bullied, someone swearing up a storm in front of your children etc. If it is a delicate or complicated matter, that's when we have to find that special patience. We have to remember that these wicked people have been "captured by the enemy to do his will." The enemy knows who to choose, and it is our duty to realize that it isn't just 'them', it is the enemy inside of them. It is a spiritual warfare, and the devil doesn't like it when we are smarter than he is, when we read God's word and are more wise in our choices of how we handle situations. The devil is the author of confusion and condemnation. In Jesus, there is NO condemnation. What a blessing! Praise our Lord on high!

Greetings everyone, happy Friday! I think the impact on the psalmist from being in God's Word is that he knew who GOD was and what GOD can do, which allowed him to put complete trust and reliance on Him. I pray that we (especially me) may do the same. Remember my friends: GOD loves & cares about us! Have a blessed day.

To be honest, reading God's word helps me to not be overly emotional by letting my emotions control me. Reading these verses today reminds me that good change comes from changing my thinking, and that thinking changes for the better when I am focusing on the Lord and not my own thoughts. I particularly liked theses verses today because there are so many challenges and blessings to the author. And you can also see in verse 100 that even a child can be wiser than an old person if they obey the word.

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