(Tsadhe is the eighteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
God is righteous – perfect. God’s word is right.
God’s word is perfect and fully trustworthy – constant, changeless, perfectly fair.
My zeal wears me out for my enemies ignore Your word.
Your word has been thoroughly tested – tried out in every situation – and Your servant loves them.
Though I’m not much, I don’t forget Your word.
Your righteousness is everlasting and Your word is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your word is my delight. I can have pleasure and happiness even in trouble and distress if I am centered in Your word.
Your word is forever right – give me understanding that I may live. If I understand Your word, I understand You, and that is the key to life.
From Judges 1:21-36 (also Joshua 13:13; 16:10; 17:11-13; 15:63)
Twelve tribes. Ten of them are on the failure list. Only Simeon and Gad aren’t mentioned. The Israelites were to either completely destroy or completely drive out the long list of Canaanites and then occupy the Promised Land enemy-free. They failed and the “-ites” became thorns in their sides.
As believers in Christ, we are called to drive out the “-ites” from our lives in order to live in our Promised Land of abundant life. We must drive out every sin, every attitude, every thought, every feeling, every word, every action that displeases God and hinders our fellowship with Him.
Complaining, coveting, selfishness and dwelling in the past must go. So must focusing on hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We must deliberately drive them out of our minds, hearts, spirits and lives or they will become thorns in our sides and lead us into self-focus and self-worship.
“God has never said that the land will simply be handed over to the Israelites without a struggle. On the contrary, God has told the Israelites that they will have to fight for the land.” The Daily Bible, p 158
Just as the Israelites had to fight for the Promised Land, so the believer has to fight for the blessings and fruit of the Christian life. The Israelites had to fight Canaanites. We have to fight Satan and his minions, and our own selfish, lazy natures. Peter warned of our enemy who prowls about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). Paul gave us the armor of God (Ephesians 6: 10-17).
Want to be closer to God? Fight for it.
Want to have a better prayer life? Fight for it.
Want to memorize more Scripture? Fight for it.
Want to be more like Jesus? Fight for it.
Want to be led by the Spirit? Fight for it.
Want to have more love? Fight for it.
Joy? Fight for it.
Peace? Fight for it.
Patience? Fight for it.
Kindness? Fight for it.
Goodness? Fight for it.
Generosity? Fight for it.
Faithfulness? Fight for it.
Meekness? Fight for it.
Gentleness? Fight for it.
Humility? Fight for it.
Discipline? Fight for it.
Self-control? Fight for it.
Want the world to be a better place? Fight for it!
As Max Lucado tells us in Glory Days, we don’t fight for victory, we fight from it, and God fights for us. So let’s get out there and fight! And remember, we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37)
(Lamedh is the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)
Your word, O Lord, is eternal – it lasts forever.
It stands firm in the heavens, which have nothing firm about them at all.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations – for every age of people, You are consistently there for them.
You established the earth, and it endures.
Your word endures to this day,
For all things serve You. Everything has a part in Your plan and will.
If Your word had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget Your word,
For by Your word, You have preserved and saved my life.
Save me, for I am Yours,
I have sought out Your word.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
But I will ponder Your word.
To all perfection, I see a limit,
But Your word is boundless.