Our P119 Workout

P119Three summers ago I began a series of messages on Psalm 119. Since this psalm provides a pretty strenuous spiritual workout, I entitled the series The P119 Workout. I have had so many positive comments on this series, that we are continuing our workout again this summer.

The 119th Psalm is unique is several ways: it is the longest chapter in the Bible (176 verses) divided into 22 eight-verse segments. Each one of these segments starts with the same Hebrew letter of that section. And this chapter is totally devoted to the life-changing power of God’s Word.

Each week we’ll look at a new 8-verse segments to learn how to apply the principles to our daily lives. I will also share some on-your-own spiritual stretches you can do following each lesson.

I am really excited to continue this series! Please join me this coming Sunday and throughout the rest of the summer at 10:30am to get spiritually fit. (And if you want to get a little head start for this week, read Psalm 119:129-136.)

Small Beginnings

Small beginnings“Hey, Pete,” I asked, “How’s the new workout routine going?”

“Well,” said Pete a little sheepishly, “It’s not.”

“What do you mean?”

“I wanted to be able to run that 5k charity run next spring, but I can hardly make it around the block. How in the world am I ever going to run 5 kilometers?! So I just threw in the towel.”

If Pete has never run before, it’s a bit unrealistic for him to complete a 5k on his first day lacing up his running shoes, don’t you think? But far too often we throw in the towel before we even get started! 

How about someone’s pursuit of God? God is so vast, so majestic, so awesome. And then we hear words from Jesus telling us, “Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Just like Pete we think, “How am I ever going to do that?!” and we throw in the towel before we even start.

But God already started something when He created you. What God creates, He completes; and what He completes, He completes perfectly.

The prophet Zechariah said, “Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10).

The psalmist wrote, “Your hands formed me and made me; give me understanding to learn Your commands” (Psalm 119:73). There is just one Hebrew word for “Your hands” and it also happens to be the name of that section in Psalm 119: Yodh.

Yodh has a corresponding Greek word: Iota. This word shows up in Matthew 5:18 when Jesus says, “Not one iota of God’s Word will ever be wasted.”

God created you perfectly and on purpose. What He created, He wants to see completed perfectly too. He will do this through His Word working in you. The question is: Will you get started? The Hebrew letter yodh is the smallest of the Hebrew letters, but don’t despise its small beginning. Don’t despise the work God started in you either. So what if you can’t run a spiritual 5k yet … you can grow into that maturity by letting God’s Word work on you right now, right where you are.

Will you let God get started today?

I will be continuing our P119 Spiritual Workout series next Sunday … hope you can join me!

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