I hate the two-faced, but I love your clear-cut revelation. You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. Get out of my life, evildoers, so I can keep my God’s commands. Take my side as you promised; I’ll live then for sure. Don’t disappoint all my grand hopes. Stick with me and I’ll be all right; I’ll give total allegiance to your definitions of life. Expose all who drift away from your sayings; their casual idolatry is lethal. You reject earth’s wicked as so much rubbish; therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say. I shiver in awe before you; your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.~Psalm 119:114 MSG~
I read this scripture this morning and decided to see how it read in the Message Version. There are a couple things I want to pull out of this….
- “I wait for your Word to renew me” We know that once we are born again we become new creations in Christ, we know that the Spirit renews our minds, thoughts, actions and spirits. But the question is: How? How does this take place? The answer is right here, through the WORD. The Word of God is sharper than any two edge sword, cuts between bone and marrow — the problem is we expect the Holy Spirit to change us “just because” we gave our heart to Jesus. There is some truth to this thought, He does, He changes our heart, He awakens our Spirit and then we are open to the POWER OF GOD’S WORD which RENEWS us. The second problem is we read God’s word and expect “CHANGE” by reading it. The word here clearly says “I wait….” we have to go much deeper that just reading his word, we need to learn how to “eat” His word!! As we study it, break it down, understand it, read it over and over again, research meanings of words, understand context of the story, word, when our heart and spirit are ready GOD REVEALS and brings it TO LIFE!!! Then renewal takes place. And I want to tell you it’s SWEET!! Never ever skip over scripture with the thought “I’ve read this before…..”
- Expose all who drift away from your sayings; their casual idolatry is lethal.
This is a very important statement but it is a very delicate statement with a very thin line. We are called to love everyone so please don’t think this is saying not to love. BUT with that said one of most dangerous things that can happen to us it to fall into “casual idolatry” in fact here it says it’s LETHAL!!! It can kill you! You need to pray daily that the Holy Spirit exposes to you people around you who confess and claim the blood of Jesus have drifted away and fallen into casual idolatry. You know people who say things like “God’s ok with this, he knows my heart” Or “It’s just who I am” I want to say IT’S NOT OK, and IT’S NOT WHO YOU ARE!! Our lives should be changing and moving forward in Jesus if they are NOT in reality you are moving backwards. This is so so important in your walk with the Lord. Protect yourself from falling into the trap. God says “be Holy for I am Holy” In the original Greek it means “Be Holy for I am Holy”
This is such a good word!!!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!