July 19

I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. Psalm 119:109

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 1:6

Further reading of Psalm 119 reveals and gives examples of the glories of God’s law and the good that comes from following God’s law. When we live our lives as God would have us to live we hold a gift that lets us open our hands and hearts to all. All of us will fall short, because we are human and experience trying times; however, we are instantly forgiven the moment we turn to God for forgiveness. He comes to us through the Holy Spirit and is waiting with open arms to take us to him in love, no matter how far we have strayed.

The words written by Isaac Watts for the hymn say it well.   

Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways

To keep his statues still!

Oh, that my God would grant me grace

To know and do his will!

Order my footsteps by your Word

And make my heart sincere;

Let sin have no dominion, Lord, 

But keep my conscience clear.


Assist my soul too apt to stray,

A stricter watch to keep;

And should I e’er forget your way,

Restore your wand’ring sheep.


Make me to walk in your commands, 

‘Tis a delightful road;

Nor let my head or heart or hands

Offend against my God.


Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for the example for living that you have given to each of us. Guide our ways; order our footsteps; restore our ways when we wander; lead us to walk in your commands. In your name we live and pray. Amen.

Florence Smallfield