Psalm 119:144

” Your decrees are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.”

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19 thoughts on “Psalm 119:144

  1. WHOA, a new day can give me new perspective even if it is Halloween! BOO!
    Have you ever felt the ‘Halloween Horror’ when you talk with people you really like and think ‘OK people’ yet they find satisfaction in ‘little lies.’ You try and converse with them but their words, face, hands and action twist, turn, and then it goes into can’t remember, or what difference does it make, etc. etc. etc. Poor souls! They don’t even have the fortitude of a black snake, white ghost, or a black cat to make their Horror House a show place!
    Wonder if the Psalms felt this pressure when penning this poem?
    143 As pressure and stress bear down on me,
    I find joy in your commands.
    144 Your laws are always right;
    help me to understand them so I may live.

    Seems like my new perspective might be; “God, help me to understand so I may live”. I think that says run from the Haunted House!

  2. I agree with your new perspective, Sara and that you better run from the Haunted House. As I read about ‘hauntings’ in Revelation 18, there was a warning there also to run and get out and away from that house or a plague might overtake the one who entered and attach itself and then grow in the person until the person dies a horrible death.

  3. Speaking of ghosts and spirits, …I recall, in the Gospels,Jesus saying to the Zebedee brothers, James & John…’you don’t know what spirit ye are of.’ Well, I guess we caught on to that one…that spirit sure wasn’t the Holy Spirit. That ghost that haunted those 2 bros. sure wasn’t the Holy Ghost.
    What about those who..as Proverbs 6 says, ” are with a wayward mouth..winking with his eyes, speaking by shuffling or tapping with his feet, making explanatory signs with his fingers…” Sounds like what you were saying above. Does sound very spooky, for sure. It’s high time to rid oneself of those monsters and to clean up our hearts of these contaminates before the great and terrible day of the Lord…which might be sooner than we think.

  4. Understanding! I read draw near to God and He will draw near to you! But, I may not want understanding!

    Truth, seer, prophet! Let’s just not hurt them because we don’t want to hurt anybody (little god syndrome) but kinda ignore them. Keep them at arms’ length and then we can buy another bracelet, earrings, sweater. AWE, that feels so much better, doesn’t it. Next time when He comes closer just buy cashmere or brand name bangle and we will feel even better this time, don’t you think?

    I just love the words; “I don’t want to hurt anybody”… the first thing I think of the ….you don’t. You do and you did! And, you like it!

    Folks, I’m talking to myself. I think I’m a folklore at times!

  5. If I am somewhat understanding what you are saying, Sara, I think your folklore has a lot of truth about motives and manipulation. Somehow I keep thinking of this advice from Proverbs 27:6 and think there may be a connection(??) “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

  6. This proverbial wisdom from Proverbs 27:5,6 makes a perfect pair of eye glasses that gives vision to understanding of finding your authentic self and being real! Gives the folklore tale a place in yesterday’s journal? While freeing my journal sheet for new found understanding.

  7. “Better is open rebuke than hidden love’….And when we are about rebuking another by presuming to remove the beam in our ‘brother;s eye, we’d better remove the plank or the 2 by 4 in our own eye, first. And the way to do that is to look in the mirror. We my see more than just a plank in our eye (as it tells us in the book of James). True UNDERSTANDING comes when it dawns on us (ah, comes the light) that we’ve forgotten what we look like in the beam-ridden eyes of others. Now, much of it may not be actually true ….what they surmise about us…..and…oh, vice-versa.

    1. Matthew 7:…4″Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5″You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6″Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

      I believe MG might be quoting these words as recorded in Matthew…hypocrites! Dogs, and Swine!
      But, as I had an online Study with Tammy on praying, searching and looking for “understanding that we might live,” after Tammy and Debi quoted the words of the wise from Proverbs 27, we were thinking the opposite of hypocrites, dogs and swine.

      Our thoughts were please Lord, send us people that will give of themselves enough to speak truth as they can see it to us to help us gain understanding. Such a special gift to us is our belief. Last night I saw what I consider an excellent example of this. (This story is online for any that would like to read). Dr Nancy Snyderman of NBC adopted a little girl
      27 years ago…she had a letter from birth Mom that she had safely keep until she thought an appropriate time and the time came when daughter wanted to find her birth Mother. The daughter loved the letter but was angry with adopted Mother for hiding the letter from her. They continued to dialogue and share open communication until one day daughter saw the love of truth. Adopted Mother didn’t hide the letter from her but hid the precious letter in safety for her. I believe it takes lot of work to gain understanding. If we spend our time conversing (giving to) with piggish, selfish people that only wants a lie and whines for a doggie bone then we are offended hypocrites.

      Yet, the beautiful word prayer from the Psalmist makes me want to hear from others so I can distinguish words like hid from to hid for! My cousin, Lois said takes a stomach of iron to hear truth.

  8. Regarding ‘the opposite of hypocrites, dogs and swine’…. the dog vomits up some trash he just swallowed which looked so tantalizing to him, and then must have forgotten what he just took in to himself, and then goes right back to his own vomit and eats it all over again (and again and again). I have seen this time and time again w/ my big bulldog (maybe that’s where bull-headed comes from?). Then the pig goes out on a sunny day and must look in the mudhole full of water, see his reflection and jump right in after himself, waddle around in the mud and come up smelling like stench. I do not think they are seeking any understanding.

    1. Interesting, Debi! As much as we love our doggies we see a truth. Too much self always shows.

      MG, if we are void of understanding and look in the mirror how does that help? I’m missing a big key link here. And, if I can judge if the one rebuking me should look in the mirror…and I should look in the mirror….we might all be self seekers. Wonder how many times a day I look in the mirror only to smear more lip color on! I need one of those counters that count my steps as I walk so I can count my time looking in the mirror at myself only to fix my old face! Oh, gosh, this feels like the dog story to me.

      I want to thank God for my children, husband, friends and even enemies that help me daily with my attitude of gratitude. My compassion temperature,? My flesh life that wants to rule my spirit. I am eternally grateful to artisans that use their talent to give glasses to a seer. I love the body of Christ that gives of their spiritual gifts to help one another grow spiritually. Yes, understanding is a gift to cherish!

      1. Thoughts along these lines to follow the counsel of our Lord… Jesus has said to remove the plank in our own eyes, first. The only way we can do that without help is to look into the mirror to see to remove the plank in our own eye. [After which Jesus said, THEN we can then see to remove the beam in our brother’s eye.]

      2. Sara, in reading your last paragraph it looks to me I can learn some wisdom here (if I am understanding correctly?)…there is a safety net gained of understanding in using many counselors, not in isolation.

      3. Debi, I think Proverbs 15:22 and Proverbs 11:14 – “in a multitude of counselors there is safety”…as well as others will show the truth of your thought!
        Another, Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear and will increase learning. And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
        1 Thess 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” This scripture is about proving what our ministry says in sermons and sermonettes.
        Psalms 119:24 “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.”

        If I were to take MG’s mirror view and look at myself thru the Word as I would see it then comes the hardest; being accountable to it with joining a group and being transparent or going to a friend, counselor, etc. and telling what I saw and then seeking counsel…..and being accountable to what I would believe would be the right course of action.

        Patricia Wilson, “Freedom from Worry” writes ,AN OLD SWEDISH PROVERB says “Worry gives small things a big shadow.” It’s these “big shadows” that hang over your head like a great gray cloud of doom, gloom, and negativity. You may not realize it, but people around you can see that big shadow over your head because of how they feel when they are with you. As you worry and fret, your negativity takes the joy out of any moment and casts a stifling pall of unhappiness over any situation….”

        More and More I am seeing and gaining understanding of what the Psalmist was saying; God’s righteous decrees are all right, but gaining the understanding of them, ie living them is the BIG KEY! Yes, have mercy on me, O Lord!

  9. MG sent me this quote via email today. I think it’s one her school sends out but I liked it and thought it went along with our blog; ” “Forget what hurt you in the past. But never forget what it taught you.”
    ― Unknown

    1. Forget what hurt you in the past. But never forget what it taught you.”

      Interesting, at church last Sunday night the pastor said…”Laughing does not teach us as much as tears.” and this Sunday night he reiterated it by saying: “You learn best with affliction.” Do you think, this has some similarities to MG’s email?

  10. That quote does seem relevant. Sara’s words above: “I just love the words; “I don’t want to hurt anybody”… the first thing I think of the ….you don’t. You do and you did! And, you like it!” …
    …seems to say to me to steer clear of this addictive behavior or it could bite you again. The dog bite heals but I hope I have learned not to stick my hand near the same animal again.
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  11. As I shared what I read in the Book of Daniel with Sara & Debi, Daniel 2:21: “And he changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that have understanding.” In another translation it says
    “He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those whose MINDS ARE AWAKE”. In the English Bible it reads, “God is the one who changes times and eras, who dethrones one king, only to establish another, who grants wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those with INSIGHT.”
    It reminds me of the Scripture in the NT in the parable of the 10 minas. Jesus said to give the mina to the one who had the most minas for to everyone who has, even more will be given. But to those who have not, even what little they have will be taken away from them.”
    That is a hard saying but it is a Kingdom principle.

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