Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Benefits of Afflictions

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Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Thy word.
Psalm 119:67  NASB
I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.
Psalm 119:67 NLT  

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Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. It is different from most other Psalms in both its length and content. It was also written as an acrostic. It may have been written to read, rather than to be sung. This mnemonic scheme also aided in memorizing the meditation; but it was a way of ordering the thoughts to provide a complete meditation on the word of God.  There 22 stanzas of 8 lines, each devoted to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The psalm is largely a collection of prayers and meditations on the Word of God.  the Word of God. In these meditations the Word of God is referred to in 10 different synonyms:  Law, Word, Saying, Commandment, Statues, Judgement, Precepts, Way and Path.

In this verse we see the benefit of discipline in one's life. The stanza 65-72 show the goodness of God. God is good at all times. Even in affliction and discipline God is good. Discipline will give us knowledge and good judgment from the word of God.

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By afflictions God is spoiling us of what otherwise might have spoiled us. -- When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let it go.     
Sir John Powell.


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