GOD’S WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

Fr Paul Stewart

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Psalms 119: 89-96

89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
91 They continue this day according to Your ordinances, For all are Your servants.
92 Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.
94 I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts.
95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me, But I will consider Your testimonies.
96 I have seen the consummation of all perfection, But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

“Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.”  As a young boy, David had something about him that was different, he had a gift of faith.

Inside of him, there was more determination to know God than not.  Being a shepherd boy, he saw how vulnerable his sheep were, and was keenly aware how dependent they were on him.  They needed a loving Shepherd to protect them from the unsuspected dangers, in the environment. They were at peace just knowing he was there and David realized he needed a Shepherd to turn to.

During the dark night, just the sound of David’s voice gave the sheep the ability to rest.  “You established the earth, and it abides.”  It is the Voice that is over all things that became the rock of David’s salvation.  Every present in his heart and mind David sang to the everlasting God.  When afflictions troubled him, it was His word that kept him from despair,  as he held fast to his hope in God, he was able to rest.

Trusting the Lord with all that concerns you- strips you of your own defenses and declares that God is your deliverer and your provider.  The Lord hastens to perform His Word- “My Word will not come back void.”  It is this Word that says you are my sons and daughters and I am pleased with you.  I am your Shepherd, and I give you the protection of my HOLY SPIRIT!

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