April 17, 2018

Psalm 27:14 (NLT) — 14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

People tether their boats to a dock so that the wind and current of the water doesn’t take the boat away. They don’t want the boat to crash into other boats or rocks or whatever and become damaged or cause damage.

The root word of this word ‘wait’ means to be wrapped up in a rope. So the Psalmist is saying that we should be wrapped up or tied to the word of God as we look forward to Him acting on our behalf. We want the word of God to have a strong grip on us so that no matter what we are experiencing we will not drift away from the word and perhaps hurt ourselves or others.

Example: Joseph was so gripped by God’s word that he would not succumb to Potiphar’s wife’s demands for sex. Had he not been wrapped up in God and his word his actions would have hurt himself and others. Poor choices will do that and that is why we need to be tied to the word of God. God’s word will keep us from hurting ourselves and others.

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) — 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Another blessing of being wrapped in the word of God is that again no matter what we are going through because we are wrapped in the word we will feel safe, comforted and content.

Psalm 23:4 (NLT) — 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

Example: We wrap new born babies in blankets to simulate the mother’s womb where the baby felt safe, comforted and content.

We talk a lot about holding on tightly to the Word of God and that is good but better is when the Word of God has a tight hold on us. You will know that it has a tight hold on you when you walk in obedience to the word. The more you obey the stronger the hold the word has on you.

Colossians 1:17 (NLT) — 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Psalm 119:44–45 (NLT) — 44 I will keep on obeying your instructions forever and ever. 45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.

Psalm 119:60–61 (NLT) — 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.

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