09/13/21 Grieving for Others

READING: Psalm 119:81-176, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13:13

Our reading in Psalm 119 today echoes with the psalmist’s love for the Word of God. That Word is “forever,” “my delight,” “sweet to my taste,” “a lamp for my feet,” and “wondrous.” That Word gives life, makes us wise, keeps us from evil, and directs our steps. We who have unfettered access to the entirety of His Word in our language are blessed indeed!

The psalmist simply longed to know more of God’s Word; at the same time, he also grieved when others ignored that Word: “My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow your instruction” (Psa 119:136). The phrase “streams of tears” indicates heartfelt anguish on behalf of others who miss the joy of following God’s statutes—a deep hurt for those who often have little concern for their own spiritual condition. 

The question today? Do you and I have that same grief when others ignore His Word?

PRAYER: “God, break my heart over those who do not follow Your Word.” 

DAILY ACTION STEP:  Meditate today on someone you know is not following God’s Word. Grieve, and pray.

TOMORROW’S READING: Psalm 120-128, 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 

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