A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Good morning! It’s September 8. Welcome to today’s Daily Dose of Good News. I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, where you got to rest at least a little bit, from your labors; hopefully, have some fun, relax and unwind a bit. Today we are in Psalm 119:65-72.
You have dealt well with your servant,
O Lord, according to your word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
Before I was humbled I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes.
The arrogant smear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.
Their hearts are fat and gross,
but I delight in your law.
It is good for me that I was humbled,
so that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Here ends the reading.
The psalmist, in this, is obviously struggling with their relationship with another person who is spreading false things about them, gossiping about them, lying about them, slandering them. I think the psalmist is really honest, that the psalmist, it sounds like, struggled with that. It says
“I went astray previously”. I’m guessing that would be easy to do, if someone’s lying about you. It would be easy to be reactive in that space and angry and want revenge or act in ways that may not be helpful in the situation- out of frustration, anger and grief. But I think it’s great that what the psalmist eventually gets to, is that experience humbled the psalmist; and they realized that God’s ways are better than the ways they might intentionally choose for themselves in their own going astray.
I think it’s funny that they talked about the heart of that person being “gross” (laughs). I don’t know what that meant in Biblical times, I know what it might mean in current times. To me, that sounds like they don’t respect the person, they don’t like the person, they look at the person and they’re repulsed by what’s in their heart. Their heart is “gross”- what they’re focused on is “gross”. They don’t like them as a person. And yet, they’re still trying to acknowledge they don’t like them and yet remain in what God calls them to do – which wouldn’t be easy. But I appreciate their willingness to do that.
I notice also the preciousness, the value that they put on God’s instruction. They say “the law of Your mouth is better than thousands of silver or gold pieces”. It’s not just valuable to them, it is precious, it’s a treasure. It’s something they seek and want and desire because it’s so good, so helpful, and it’s so needed. So, I thought for us today, that’s a great thing to consider. For whomever we’re dealing with in our world today, whom we might look at and say “their heart is gross!” where can we seek direction from God, so that we have good judgment from God in those interactions, knowledge of how to be in those interactions? Knowing that God’s wisdom and direction in our lives is a treasure that is worth every coin. Something for us to hold on to and for us to value is God’s perspective, on even tough situations. So my prayers for you are in that today. I hope you all have a great day. Take care. Bye-bye.