Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 6, 2017

“I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 7:16-34.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me;  for I do not hear you.  Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?  The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven;  and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.  Do they spite Me?” declares the Lord.  “Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?”  Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground;  and it will burn and not be quenched.”

But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people;  and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’  Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.  Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.  Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck;  they did more evil than their fathers.

“You shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you;  and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you.  You shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God or accept correction;  truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.

The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.  Then I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride;  for the land will become a ruin.”  Jeremiah 7:16-20 and 23-28 and 33-34.

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In sharp contrast to “This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God or accept correction;  truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.”  (verse 28), “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”  Psalm 33:12.

There are those who “did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved”.  2 Thessalonians 2: 10-13.

And, there are those who did receive the love of truth so as to be saved such as the Psalmist in Psalm chapter 119.  We meditate on the following verses from Psalm chapter 119.

“I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great spoil.”  Psalm 119:162.

“The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”  Psalm 119:160.

163 I hate and despise falsehood,
But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
165 Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for Your salvation, O Lord,
And do Your commandments.”  Psalm 119:163-166.

127 Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way.”  Psalm 119:127-128.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.”  Psalm 119:129-133.

118 You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is useless.
119 You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.”  Psalm 119:118-119.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:105.

103 How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.”  Psalm 119:103-104.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.”  Psalm 119:18.

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.”  Psalm 119:11.

15 I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
16 I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.”  Psalm 119:15-16.

“How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.”  Psalm 119:1-3.

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