Good morning! As I read the first verse, I thought about the word mine. It’s a word I use a lot and it is one I hear a lot. As you read today’s devotion meditate on the first sentence in verse 57.
“57 Lord, you are mine!
I promise to obey your words!
58 With all my heart I want your blessings.
Be merciful as you promised.
59 I pondered the direction of my life,
and I turned to follow your laws.
60 I will hurry, without delay,
to obey your commands.
61 Evil people try to drag me into sin,
but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.
62 I rise at midnight to thank you
for your just regulations.
63 I am a friend to anyone who fears you—
anyone who obeys your commandments.
64 O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth;
teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:57-64 NLT
The Lord is mine. The Lord is yours. My entire life I never thought about the Lord being “mine”. I believe he’s my Savior, Redeemer and King – Lord Almighty. But personally mine – that is different.
So of course I explore the definition of mine in the Merriam Webster online dictionary and it read: mine: my; that which belongs to me
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Father God, thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you for forgiveness of sins and salvation. Lord, thank you for laying down your life so that we can be reconciled to God. Lord, strengthen our faith and increase our trust in you. Lord, guide us in all our ways so that we may be living examples of your love and compassion on this earth. Lord, be our hope in the midst of chaos. Lord, equip us with your word so that it will flow from our hearts daily. Lord, heal broken hearts. Lord, restore families, remove addictions and continue to spread hope to a lost and broken world. Lord, change and use us for your glory. In Jesus name, amen.
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Bible Reference: http://www.biblegateway.com
Dictionary Reference: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/of%20mine