January Review

2010 – Looking Ahead With Numbers

All of the following are estimates/hopes, subject to change, and subject to God’s will. As He gives strength, I desire to accomplish those things upon which I have significant influence.

1 baccalaureate degree completed  Got my degree program changed to Liberal Studies

1 solo recital performed  Did a little brainstorming about pieces to play

1 mission trip realized  Planning session with my travel companions!

2 primers constructed

3 family members interviewed for a family autobiography

81 concerts played in 1 Concert in January

10 hymns learned and transposed on piano

12 months of income and expense thoroughly documented  Have not done this for January, yet.

12.3 megapixel camera studied in one photography course

14 days European air breathed

23rd birthday celebrated

23-year-old dear friend’s wedding attended Yay! Becca’s married!

23+ years of pictures/documents scanned

24 keys (music) studied and played

25 days walked on African soil

40 violin recordings made and posted

40 weeks of violin practice time graphed and posted  Decided to post monthly practice time instead. See below

40 books read and reviewed  1 review posted, 2 new books started

50 personal letters written and sent

52 combined years of family history outlined

1202 square feet of personal space kept tidy  Moved into a new room, but not yet organized.

156-yr. old book re-designed, published, and promoted

220-yr. old city visited and partially toured Washington, DC!

365 verses memorized and quoted  24 verses

365 verses pondered in blog posts  24 verses

800 hours spent making a piece of wood sing  40.38 hrs. I must greatly increase my practice time. If I practiced this amount every month, I would only reach slightly over half of my goal this year.

9803 pixels wide web design studied and experimented with  Designed a look for my website!

1. approximation
2. approximation
3. had to figure out a way to represent web design by a number…

Psalm 119:17-24

Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
who wander from your commandments.
Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors. -Psalm 119:24

We should see ourselves as God does – His servants. Man’s purpose is to glorify God. All we do should be for this purpose. The minute I start doing something for ME, especially if it is something outside of God’s will for my life, I am a rebellious servant flirting with God’s wrath.

I am to approach God’s Word humbly asking Him to reveal the wonderful meaning of all that is contained therein. Understanding comes only through His Spirit, and it is dangerous to rely on my own intellect, as I am apt to go astray.

Do I, as a sojourner on this earth, have the same kind of hunger and thirst for God’s Word as the psalmist? I must pursue being consumed with longing after God daily.

As a Christian, when I ask God for forgiveness, do I have any works to show as evidence that I really love Him?* Yes, His love and forgiveness are unconditional, and my works of service to Him are not for the purpose of gaining anything, but I must constantly evaluate if I am walking in obedience in order to continue growing in sanctification.

Because God is the ordainer of all my circumstances, I should not worry about what may or may not happen. I should constantly meditate on His Word, which is my only sure foundation and hope.

Can I truly state that I delight in God’s Word and that it is my greatest source of counsel and guidance? Do I sift everything else through it’s grid? Love for God and commitment to His Word can never be too great or too over-done.

*I am not a proponent of the ability to lose one’s salvation. I do not believe that we are the ones who sanctify ourselves. I do not hold to the hope of gaining any favor from God on account of our works. The question is to prompt self-examination, not self-congratulations or self-condemnation.

Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways. –Psalm 119:15

If my inner life were my test on this verse, would I get a passing grade? Well, it is. (the test)

Word Meanings

meditate: to put forth, muse, commune, ponder, sing, study, consider, talk, put forth thoughts, “to produce, to bring forth, to put forth, to germinate, to flourish, to lift oneself up, to talk with oneself”-Gesenius

precepts: commandments, statutes

fix my eyes: to look, regard, pay attention to, consider, “to behold, to follow with the eyes”-Gesenius

ways: path, road, traveller, wayfarer, “course of living and acting, condition and lot”-Gesenius

Psalm 119:14

In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches. –Psalm 119:14

Do I delight in God’s Word as much as I would in unfathomable material prosperity?

Word Meanings

delight: rejoice, exult, display joy, “be glad (to leap, to spring)”-Gesenius

as much

riches: wealth, substance, price, high value, interj: enough, sufficiency, enough: facility, comfort, to live comfortably/quietly

Psalm 119:13

With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth. –Psalm 119:13

Does my language esteem God’s Truth? Do I speak words and ideas that honor Him? Am I filled up to overflowing with His Word? Am I a faithful witness of the One Who gave me breath? Only what I am filled with can come out of my mouth.

Word Meanings

lips: language, speech, bank (of cup, sea, river, etc.)

declare: count, recound, relate, to number, take account of, reckon, be rehearsed, “to polish, to inscribe letters on a stone, to narrate” -Gesenius

all: the whole, any, each, every, totality, everything

rules: judgment, justice, ordinance, process, procedure, proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan

success quote

One of the most common mistakes and one of the costliest, is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on and failure to let go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course in reading, train yourself physically. Will it be a success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains. The decision that nothing will overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success.

– Maltbie D. Babcock

Psalm 119:12

Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes! -Psalm 119:12

A heart full of genuine praise for God will be joyfully yielded to His instruction in righteousness.

Word Meanings

Blessed: be adored, to cause to kneel, to praise, salute, to celebrate

Lord: Jehovah = the existing One

Teach: exercise in, to be taught, trained, chastise, discipline, to accustom

statutes: ordinance limit, prescribed task/portion/due, boundary, enactment, decree, law

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11

The motivation to walk righteously and learn God’s Word must be to please Him, not for any benefits I think I might earn.

Word Meanings:

Your word: utterance, speech, the Word of God

stored up: hide, treasure, store up, be hidden, lurk, conceal, lay up, restrain

heart: inner man

sin: miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, bear loss, miss the mark, wander from the way, err from the mark, stumble, seduce