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Psalm 119:57-64

Verses 63-64 I am a friend to all who fear You, to all who follow Your precepts. The earth is filled with Your love, Lord; teach me Your decrees.


We talked yesterday about those that are against us and our faith but they aren’t the only people in our lives. At least they shouldn’t be.


The psalmist continues his prayerful song about his love of the law with this reminder that even though some may try to trip us up there are those who are with us for the battle. God created us for community and the church is more than just a group of people we get together with on Sundays. At least it should be.


The psalmist knows the importance of these people in his life. They are his friends because he chooses friends that fear God and His law. He chose his friends wisely, knowing that their love of the law will influence him just as his love of the law will influence them. He was being intentional about his influences in life and that is a good reminder for us.


If we are truly interested in wanting the Lord to teach us His decrees then we need to do everything we can to allow Him to teach us. Whether we like to admit it or not we would like to think that God could just add His wisdom to our life with no experience needed. But the best teacher is experience and we need to accept that and learn to get what we can from these lessons.


Being part of a community of faith is a special gift. We have people who care about us to help us through the trials of life but they are also there to remind us of the laws. This is a part of being in the family of God that we struggle with, having others correct us isn’t comfortable. We don’t others knowing our weaknesses and yet there is a benefit to this kind of vulnerability and the biggest benefit is a spiritual one.


Opening ourselves up for correction can open doors for us to see the truth about ourselves and what God wants to do in us. But relationships bring responsibilities. We can’t just be in this community of faith for our own benefit, we have a duty to serve the others in the same way that they are to be helping us. Not that this responsibility should bring us joy but the results will be a blessing from the Lord.


Making It Personal

How many of your friends fear the Lord? What are the dangers of having friends who aren’t in good relationship with the Lord? What is a benefit you have enjoyed in a Christian friendship?


Making It Personal Kids

How many of your friends love Jesus? What are the dangers of having friends who don’t like Jesus? What is a reward of having friends who love Jesus?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the community of faith. Give us the desire to be accepting of correction and being willing to humbly give it. Help us live as You desire us to as a family of faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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