Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your instructions. I meditate on your age-old regulations; O LORD, they comfort me. I become furious with the wicked, because they reject your instructions. Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD; therefore, I obey your instructions. This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments. Psalm 119:49-56 (NLT)
That is a very important word. What is a very important word? The word spend is a very important word. What makes that word so important? You have a choice of how you will spend your life. You only have one life to live. There are no “do overs.” How you chose to spend your life is very important. One day you will have the opportunity, with me, to look back over your entire life. Together, we will see if you did spend your life on what was worthwhile. That seems like an overwhelming thought to me. How can I possibly have any hope of knowing now that I am spending my life well? At many times and in many ways, I know that I have lived unwisely. How can there be any hope for me? Notice, I said that you will not receive any do overs. You will not get a second life to live. I did not say that you will not receive any second chances. Not only will you receive second chances, you will receive many opportunities to begin again with Me. You have and will continue to make mistakes, take missteps and sin. You can and have asked for and received my forgiveness and cleansing. You have and will continue to begin again and keep on moving forward with me. You have an abundance of hope. You have a never-ending source of wisdom available to you. Tell me about my abundance of hope and never-ending source of wisdom. You have Me. You have my word. Hope in the promises of my word. Hope in Me. I will lead and guide you through life. My word will revive you. My word will comfort you in every trouble. My word will instruct you. Spend your life following and obeying my word. Make that the priority of your life. That I will do, with all that is within me. That will be very good. Then your life will be well spent. Then you will never have any regrets. Then one day looking over your life with me will be a cause of great rejoicing. I look forward to that day. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for your word. The promises of your word sustain me. I find hope, joy and peace in your promises. Your word gives me comfort and encouragement. I will spend my life obeying your word. Help me to never turn away from your instructions. Amen
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