I'm no writer but I do want to capture my rambling thoughts this morning. I am even considering changing the name of this blog and using it to take notes during my quiet time.
First reading from Matthew Henry's Commentary Job to Song of Solomon pages 560-561 Ps 119
"Who are upright and honest in their religion - undefiled in the way, not only who keep themselves pure from the pollutions of actual sin, unspotted from the world, but who are habitually sincere in their intentions, in whose spirit there is no guile, WHO ARE REALLY AS GOOD AS THEY SEEM TO BE AND ROW THE SAME WAY AS THEY LOOK." Emphasis mine
Row the same way as they look. . . . Thought about this for quite awhile. Actually read it for the first time two days ago and have been considering it ever since.
On to verses 7-8
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. (KJV)
I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. (NIV)
Thoughts: So I will be able to praise with an upright heart when I have learned God's judgments/laws?
What does learn(ed) mean in the Hebrew
From The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance page 4374
Hebrew word 4340 lamad (the first A has a line over it)
to learn, train for; to be trained; to teach, instruct, cause to learn; to be trained; with implication that the learning will be put to use: - teach, teaching, train, trained, accept, adopted, cultivated, experienced, imparted, instructors, learn well, teachers, unruly, were trained.
Bold words jumped out at me. Made me think of my goal to one day write a book entitled:
P.E.A.R.L. - Purposely Engaging and Actively Responding to Life
Engaging - Learning
Actively - Putting it to use
Responding - Imparting
AS I learn your judgments/laws
I will put them to use by rowing the same way I am looking
and impart them to those around me.
This can be applied to all areas of my life, not just my quiet time.
More to come. . . . . . . .