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Thanks and Praise, and Psalm 119

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, October 16, 2017

Psa 119-7 praise You, words

Thanks and Praise, and Psalm 119

Dietrich Bonhoeffer certainly has a way of coming straight to the point. In this series of meditations and commentary on the beginnings of Psalm 119, he does not pull punches. Regarding 119:7 –

I will thank You with an unfeigned heart,

when I have learned Your righteous judgments.

Bonhoeffer begins, “How could one begin to give thanks to God and not concern oneself with His Word? What kind of thanks would be to receive the gifts but refuse the required obedience to the giver?” [1] How, indeed?

As Pastor Dietrich insists, we need to be immersed in the study of the divine Word. It is only in this way that we begin to understand what God wishes, how best to walk in God’s ways, and how to treat others as God would treat them.

It is after we have learned (or, are continuing to learn) God’s righteous judgments that we can come to God in thanksgiving. However, Bonhoeffer is quick to point out that “the thanksgiving of the world refers always to the self…. By giving thanks, one gains the satisfaction of feeling that the gifts received are now one’s rightful possession.” [2] How wrong-headed! What a way to self-inflate and self-delude.

Instead, we are to give thanks to God because we want to learn and know the things God has for us to do, and the ways in which God wants us to walk. Yes, we are still learning. Hopefully, you and I will continue to learn until life’s end. What a continuing road that is laid out, the road God has planned for us, aiding us to experience the righteousness God intends for each of us.

Dear God, thank You for the directions You have put in Your Word. Help me—help us to follow You more nearly and love You more dearly through regular study of the Bible. As Pastor Dietrich instructs us, help us to immerse ourselves in Your Word. Dear Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.



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[1] Meditating on the Word, Dietrich Bonhöffer, edited by David McI. Gracie. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cowley Publications, 2000, 110.

[2] Ibid, 111.

Not Just Here, but God is Everywhere!

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, April 27, 2015

God bigger plan for me

Not Just Here, but God is Everywhere!

Sometimes, some people tell me that they are a little puzzled by certain books in the Old Testament. Or, especially certain scripture passages in those books. It is true. Those views about Jeremiah 23 can be puzzling, indeed. Sometimes, the views on different bible verses are unclear. Or, obscure. Or, even wrong-headed.

Here, in Jeremiah 23, the prophet demands to know what is the matter with prophecy. Sure enough, claims of serving false prophets linger. What I focused on was verses 23 and 24, where the prophet is kidding around about God. “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away?” In other words, the reader hears that God is not just a local God, a parochial deity, but the God who fills the heavens and the earth.

The God who is personal enough to care for each and every individual on earth is also the God who made a cosmic difference, made heaven and earth, and goes above and beyond anything anyone can possibly understand.

I am astounded, amazed, and touched. My God is even more marvelous than I could ever ask or imagine. Thanks, Lord! Thank You so very much.


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