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Thankful for Thorns

Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.
Psalm 119:143

Okay, let us cut to the chase. . . why should I delight in God's commands when I'm troubled and in anguish!?  Because putting omy focus upward instead of inward is where God wants my spiritual eyes.  He knows how small and weak I am. 
I have to admit to struggling at times, falling into the trap of complaining.  But then I get a gentle reminder from Him that He is still faithful.  His commands are there to guide me in the eternal way. That brings me great delight!
Yesterday someone tweeted this: My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorns. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorns (G.Matheson).
So, today, I'm thanking God for the thorns that poke and prick, for they are the reminders that He faithfully walks with me on that path. . . He walked it Himself long ago.  

Comfort and Delight in God's Word

In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul. ~ Psalm 94:19
Take time, if you will, to read this entire Psalm.  It is only 23 verses.  When we watch the news we see the world hurting the innocent and helpless. . . man's inhumanity to man.  But sadly, we can look closer to home.   Even in our lives, we have had or will have times of testing and trial at the hands of the world.  We wonder if God is watching, caring. Will He save?
What comforts does God give us?  Let me list a few from this psalm:   He is our Avenger, verse 1; He is our Judge, verse 2; He hears, sees, instructs, corrects, and knows our thoughts, verses 9,10 and 11. We are blessed by His instruction, verse 12;  We have rest, verse 13; He will not cast us off (away), verse 14; the upright in heart will receive a proper judgement, verse 15;The Lord is my help, verse 17;He gives us mercy, verse 18;The Lord is our defense, our stronge refuge, vs. 22;He will cut off the wicked, vs. 23.
A more thorou…