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Devotion - October 14, 2019

Psalm 119:97–102

97. Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

98. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.

99. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.

100. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

101. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.

102. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.


Reflection by Darlene Wagner


With 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its author is unknown. Psalm 119 celebrates the Torah, or Jewish Law. Over the centuries, people of many faith traditions have interpreted the law in Psalm 119 to refer to the entire canon of scriptures. As I read verses 97 through 102, I get the impression that the original writer understood how to apply the Torah to everyday life. Like the prophet Isaiah, the Psalmist would have went beyond mere ceremonial adherence to the Torah. The Psalmist would have understood that true obedience is “to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and to break every yoke.” (Isaiah 58:6)


I was not raised Jewish, thus I missed out on the concept of Divine Law as community responsibility. The Evangelical tradition of my youth did not emphasize social justice nor personal civic engagement. Thus, I have had to develop my own understanding of true obedience as a ceaseless striving to improve my community and world. Such a commitment requires daily “check-ins” with the Divine Spirit as I understand Her.


Invocation:


I welcome you great Lady Law, For you are steady Earth beneath my feet!

Grant me your strength to build each day your strong

Foundation Stone — a refuge from brute Anarchy.

Embracing your Love’s Light — Hail and Welcome!



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