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Hey, everyone. My thoughts today come from Psalm 199:57-64. The section is marked by the Hebrew letter "Heth" (or "Cheth").

Psalm 119:57-64

57 The LORD is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.
58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.
59 I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
63 I am a companion of all those who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O LORD;
Teach me Your statutes.

The specific thought I want to draw on this evening (or morning, if you read it tomorrow) is from verse 63. "I am a companion of all those who fear you."

As Christians, we are bound together as the body of Christ. This verse isn't just saying that we shouldn't be negative toward other believers. It isn't even just saying that we should be friendly to everyone who professes Christ. It calls us to be companions. And not only to the Christians we know in our church, but to "all who fear You."

Rather than expounding this into a full post, I would like to make this a discussion. What comes to your mind when you think of companion? What are some practical applications we can make, knowing we are to be companions of all believers? I look forward so some good discussions in the comments.


P.S. Sorry for the short post, to be honest things are getting busier than ever before and I didn't make enough time to get a full post together this time around. I will do my best to get a full post together next time. In the meantime, I would like to have some good discussion on this verse.


Anonymous June 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

Someone who comes along another when they're having a hard time.

Luke Godfrey June 13, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

Yeah! Someone who comes alongside as a help or support is a companion. So, as Christians, we should be ready and willing to help each other through hard times. Good. Anyone else have ideas? What comes to your mind?

Jeremiah June 13, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

I like where he says, ("I have promised to keep your words.") I used to believe that it would be crazy to make a promise that would inevitably be broken in such a short time. However, I soon found out that the promise meant more for the believer than for God. And now when I do make a promise to God, it has more meaning to me to keep his words. And though I have broken the promise of Psalm 119 many times, I see that if it I was able to keep the promise, then I would no longer need Christ. But praise Jesus for forgiving us when we fall so short. You can read something similar that I posted recently on my blog at jeremiahender.blogspot.com.

Luke Godfrey June 13, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Thanks for the thought, Jeremiah. Jesus not only forgives us when we fall short, but the Holy Spirit is sanctifying us closer to the image of Christ, and closer to being perfect servants.

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