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Many see the Word of God. . .few observe!

Did you have joy in your heart today from reading the Bible? Is your life stable or is it out of balance? The Word of God is designed to bring equilibrium to your thinking, feelings and how you handle everyday life. Consider this verse:
 
Psalm 19:8 (NIV)
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
 
The guidelines of the Lord are designed to give us a sense of balance. His direction gives principles that will not fail when life gets stormy and difficult. The Hebrew word (translated precepts in the NIV) piqquadim is listed below:
 
7218 פִּקּוּדִים (piq·qû·ḏîm): n.masc.; ≡ Str 6490; TWOT 1802e—LN 33.333–33.342 precepts, directions, regulation, i.e., a principle instructing to do a certain action, which is to be obeyed by all in same society of the covenant (Ps 19:9[EB 8]; 103:18; 111:7; 119:4, 15, 27, 40, 45, 56, 63, 69, 78, 87, 93, 94,100,104,110,128,134,141,159,168,173+)[1]
 
The Hebrew word yasar (translated right in the NIV) is described in the Dictionary of Biblical Languages:
3838 I. יָשָׁר (yā·šār): adj. [see also 3838.5]; ≡ Str 3477; TWOT 930a—1. LN 79.88–79.90 straight, i.e., pertaining to not being crooked (Eze 1:7); 2. LN 79.84–79.87 level, i.e., pertaining to not being bumpy with elevations or depressions (Jer 31:9); 3. LN 88.12–88.23 right, upright, i.e., what is morally innocent and proper according to a standard (1Sa 12:23); 4. LN 12.1–12.42 Upright One, i.e., a title of God (Isa 26:7); 5. LN 66 unit: הַ־ יָשָׁר בְּ־ עַיִן (hǎ- yā·šār b- ʿǎ·yin)1 what is proper, formally, right in the eyes, i.e., what is proper according to a personal standard (Jdg 17:6); 6. LN 31.14–31.25 unit: לֵבָב יָשָׁר (lē·ḇāḇ yā·šār)1 in agreement, in accord with, formally, straight heart (2Ki 10:15; 2Ch 29:34)
יָשָׁר (yā·šār): n.masc. [see also 3838]; ≡ Str 3477; TWOT 930a—1. LN 88.12–88.23 what is right, i.e., what conforms to a moral standard (Job 33:27; Mic 3:9; Pr 16:13; Ps 111:8); 2. LN 88.12–88.23 upright person, i.e., one who conforms to a standard (Mic 2:7)[2]
 
God’s Word gives joy to the heart and mind. Why, because it is the great level to help balance life and provide a smooth and straight path for success.
 
Builders use a level to balance a foundation, wall, window or door frame in your house. If it is not level the doors stick and the windows won’t open.
 
We pray that your life has stability and is built on the level ground of God’s Word.
 
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Deeper Still Missions
 

 
Str Strong’s Lexicon
TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
[1] Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Str Strong’s Lexicon
TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
Str Strong’s Lexicon
TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
LN Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon
[2] Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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