#806. WAW (PSALM 119:41-48) (3/5/23)
‘May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word. Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.’
Today, we continue with our weekly input from Lucy Oyelade looking at the sixth section of Psalm 119.
My dad once said to me, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". If Google had been a thing when he said that to me, I would definitely have headed there to find out what it meant, but teenage Lucy didn't have the Internet so instead derived the meaning from context. The idea that the thing you certainly have is better than the thing you could potentially have, but don't yet, is something that I find glaringly obvious, but I appreciate I am a cautious individual. I am unlikely, in most situations, to risk everything in pursuit of something. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to most of you! All my risks have to be measured.
I'm sure that to atheists a relationship with God feels like a punt. But what I love about my faith is the certainty that it does provide. I love several of the lines in this psalm for the truth that they speak - I can answer anyone who taunts me about my faith. I can trust in the word of God. I am free in Christ. And I could go to King Charles himself, speak about God, and I wouldn't be put to shame.
Certainty in life is a rarity, and yet something we are often striving for. Here's my certainty, and here is yours. I pray we will never move from it, and that ever more increasing numbers of people will come to know the love of God in their lives too and find that they not only have the bird in their hand, but the two in the bush and the tree full of them too.
COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.
What has God been speaking to you about from His Word this week and how has this helped you / affected your life?
3. STUDY AND PRAY TOGETHER
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