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Before I Was Afflicted

March 13, 2017

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Before I Was Afflicted

Our whole lives  are a learning process.     We are the students  —  and God is our teacher.     It is only logical  for a student  to want  to do well,  so he can pass the grade  and have the joy  of being rewarded.     And,  of course,  we love  having  a good teacher.     So,  Psalm 119:65-66 says,

You have dealt well  with Your servant,
O LORD,  according to Your word.
Teach me  good discernment  and knowledge,
For I believe  in Your commandments.

The psalmist knows  that God is a good teacher,  and he wants  to learn  “good discernment  and knowledge”.     Frankly,  like all  of us,  he has a good reason  for wanting  to learn  “good discernment  and knowledge”.     He confesses  —  as we all should  —  in verses 67-68,

Before  I was afflicted  I went astray,
But now  I keep Your word.
You are good  and do good;
Teach me  Your statutes.

The psalmist  is a very good student  because he realizes  that he had gone  “astray”.     But,  when he saw  how good and right  God’s ways are,  he wanted  to follow God’s ways  —  and have God teach him more  about what is right  and good.     We need  to understand  that God’s discipline  really is  for our eternal good.     In much  of life,  we need  to be  “afflicted”  to learn rightly  the value  of God’s ways.     Eternity is  what is most important  in the end.

When we realize that,  we will say  with the psalmist  in verses 71-72,

It is good  for me  that I was afflicted,
That I may learn  Your statutes.
The law  of Your mouth  is better to me
Than thousands  of gold  and silver pieces.

There is great peace  in knowing  that our LORD  is constantly teaching us  the good things  of eternal worth  for our benefit.

Appreciating God  as our Teacher,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for knowing us inside  and out.”

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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