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The Land of the Living

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For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 116:8-9 ESV

As the presumed author of Psalm 116, David may have been thinking about his many trials, including Saul’s attempts on his life, or perhaps his own son rebelling against him. In any case, David eventually experienced deliverance and comfort from the Lord, and that led to him walking before the Lord “in the land of the living.”

That little phrase is important.

Bible commentator Matthew Henry points out that the land of the living is “is a land of mercy, which we ought to be thankful for; it is a land of opportunity, which we should improve.” He goes on to note that the promised land id called the “land of the living” in Ezekiel 26:20; it’s a place where the Lord promised to set beauty.

You’ve been delivered from sin and death. You may have even been delivered from your enemies. So what does walking in the land of the living look like for you? Are you walking in freedom or stuck in bondage? Is the other side of your transformation beautiful, or is it messy and ugly?

You’ve been transformed by the Gospel. Walk in the newness of life.

Prayer: Lord, I haven’t always chosen to walk in Your mercy and grace, but I want to change that. Empower me to make a better choice today.
 
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So what does walking in the land of the living look like for you?

Psalm 27:1-14 (NKJV)
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, In this I will be confident.
4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.
11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psalm 91:4 (NIV2011)
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Prayer: Lord, I haven’t always chosen to walk in Your mercy and grace, but I want to change that. Empower me to make a better choice today.
It is wonderful to walk in faith, is is precious to be in your Grip Lord, In Jesus Name we Rejoice, and Thank and Praise you. Amen
 
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For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 116:8-9 ESV

As the presumed author of Psalm 116, David may have been thinking about his many trials, including Saul’s attempts on his life, or perhaps his own son rebelling against him. In any case, David eventually experienced deliverance and comfort from the Lord, and that led to him walking before the Lord “in the land of the living.”

That little phrase is important.

Bible commentator Matthew Henry points out that the land of the living is “is a land of mercy, which we ought to be thankful for; it is a land of opportunity, which we should improve.” He goes on to note that the promised land id called the “land of the living” in Ezekiel 26:20; it’s a place where the Lord promised to set beauty.

You’ve been delivered from sin and death. You may have even been delivered from your enemies. So what does walking in the land of the living look like for you? Are you walking in freedom or stuck in bondage? Is the other side of your transformation beautiful, or is it messy and ugly?

You’ve been transformed by the Gospel. Walk in the newness of life.

Prayer: Lord, I haven’t always chosen to walk in Your mercy and grace, but I want to change that. Empower me to make a better choice today.
Amen
 
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Psalm 27:1-14 (NKJV)
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, In this I will be confident.
4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.
11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psalm 91:4 (NIV2011)
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Prayer: Lord, I haven’t always chosen to walk in Your mercy and grace, but I want to change that. Empower me to make a better choice today.
It is wonderful to walk in faith, is is precious to be in your Grip Lord, In Jesus Name we Rejoice, and Thank and Praise you. Amen
Praise God and in Jesus name i pray also Amen

I love the psalms and when my son was a proffesional boxer he always read this psalm when alone and had it printed on his boxing top brings it back to me to see the beginnings of his faith when he was 18 x
 
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