How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? It is 73 degrees here!
I had to get out and enjoy it for awhile, but now I am trying to get some computer work done. 🙁
I am definitely a warm weather kind of girl, so these winter months often seem to drag on. These Spring teaser days are nice, but just make me more impatient!
Anyway, I thought I’d pop in with some thoughts on what I’ve been studying this week. At the beginning of this school year (so mid-August), I purchased a teacher prayer journal that centered around Psalm 119. It looked at four verses each week and I figured out that if I memorized those verses, by the end of the school year I would have the entire Psalm memorized by the end of the school year.
I started out really well, but once I got about 60 verses in…well, let’s just say I have not given up, but I’m taking it much slower now. 🙂
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:71
This has always been one of my favorite verses. I’ve had it memorized for years, but this week I’ve been studying verses 65-72 as a whole.
It struck me how many times the word “good” or “well” is used.
Take a look:
“Thou has dealt well with thy servant…” (verse 65)
“Teach me good judgment and knowledge…” (verse 66)
“Thou art good, and doest good…” (verse 68)
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted…” (verse 71)
David could say with confidence that it was good for him to be afflicted because he knew God was good. All the time.
He also says in verse 67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray…”
As much as we do not enjoy affliction, it has a purpose. It draws us nearer to our Lord. It teaches us more about Him and ourselves.
I realize this knowledge doesn’t make it easier if you are in a time of suffering, but I know that it gives me a hope that helps to carry me through.
God is good.
All the time.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD…
Have a wonderful week! I hope you get to enjoy some nice weather too!