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Revive Me

January 17, 2017

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Revive Me

Psalm 119 teaches us a lot about living  as God’s dear children.     In humbleness,  the psalmist  asks God  to teach him  the right way  for us to be  in this life.     Then he expresses  something very important  in Psalm 119:40,

Behold,  I long  for Your precepts;
Revive me  through Your righteousness.

There are huge differences between  the teachings  of the various religions  of this world  and a biblical faith.     In this verse,  we see  that the psalmist  is depending  only on what God Almighty,  our Creator Redeemer  wants to teach us.     He is not looking  for a wisdom  and a knowledge of God  through worldly traditions  and man-made doctrines.     Rather,  he prays directly  to the Creator  of all  and asks Him  for His “precepts”  —  His direction  for our lives.

God’s “precepts”  —  directions  —  are different  from the directions  made by men.     Mankind depends  on his own goodness  and “righteousness”  —  directing people  to obey  all sorts of rules,  rituals,  and traditions.     But,  this psalmist understands  that he will never be righteous enough  to satisfy  the holiness  of the LORD.

So,  he prays,  Revive me  through Your righteousness.”     He has understood  God’s word  regarding Abraham,  where we are taught  that God counted Abraham’s faith  as true “righteousness”.     God’s word never says  Abraham’s good works  made him righteous.     But,  it does repeat  in a number of places  that Abraham’s faith  was counted as “righteousness”  —  the kind of  “righteousness”  that God loves  and looks for  in our lives.

We are dead  in our sinfulness.     No amount of effort  on our part  can ever make us  righteous enough  to be acceptable  in God’s sight.     We need  to be revived  —  made alive  to God’s truths,  as He has given them  to us  in His word,  the Bible.     Romans 4:5 tells us  that he who…

“believes  in Him  who justifies  the ungodly,  his faith  is credited  as righteousness.”

As we believe  and trust  the LORD  to makes us righteous  through Christ’s sacrifice,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  and righteousness  make us righteous  through Christ’s sacrifice.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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