Beneath the word for “statutes” (in Hebrew, choq), lies the root meaning, “to engrave.” It refers to written or engraved enactments, decrees, or prescriptions. It is also used for the written deed for lands, which defines official boundaries.
If it were not for the afflictions of the psalmist, he might not have learned God’s statutes more deeply. Put the written words of the Lord between you and your suffering. What are the official decrees that God has for you⎯the prescription that God wants you to take so that sickness and suffering retreat from the borders of your life? Since this refers to things written, let the Lord teach you in your journal the steps to take for your total healing and happiness.
Look into The Twelve Steps in Alcoholics Anonymous for “decrees” that God uses to bring healing to millions of addicted persons.
Your word is always with me. v. 98
How sweet Your words to my taste! v. 103
Your word: a lamp to my feet v. 105
Your word: the joy of my heart v. 111
This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms. During Lent we read the Psalms of Ascent, 120-134.
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