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Everyone appreciates guardrails.

The Ten Commandments are best seen as God’s guardrails – four of them keep us safe and on the right paths, and the other six are center dividers that bring health to our souls and our relationships.


Psalm 119

Aleph

1 Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. 2 Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. 3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. 4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. 5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! 6 Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. 7 As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! 8 I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!

(New Living Translation)

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A note to readers:

I’m enjoying the rhythm of writing full-length posts on an every-other-week cycle. I hope you are too.


But instead of waiting two weeks for the Blue Spigot to open ... on the off weeks you’ll receive two short posts.

  • A random thought distilled down to a sentence or two.

  • A section of Psalm 119 using different translations. If you are not familiar with this Psalm, the longest chapter in the Bible, it is a deeply personal and heartfelt series of prayers – eight verses in each section, 176 verses in all – and all but four of them are a declaration of appreciation for and aspiration to follow God’s word. I encourage you each week - more than once? - to say it aloud as your prayer. In so doing, my hope is that it will rekindle your love for the Bible. As David declared, you have exalted your name and your word above everything. (Psalm 138:2 NRSV)


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Photo: Jean Philippe Gibson Reading Holy Bible Inside of M-Rap While in Iraq