After being challenged and taught by way of Mike Bullmore’s sermon, “Feeding on God: Cultivating a Fruitful Life in the Word”, I read Scripture tonight and tasted its deliciousness. I thought through what was being said, what it meant, how it affected me, what it said about God, what it said about men… It was great. My passage of choice? Psalm 119:1-8. As one who struggles with consistency in the Word of God, an older sister in the Faith advised me to read Psalm 119 a couple of months ago. I am grateful for the Lord’s grace in being with me as I read. With that said, I want to share some of my thoughts on the passage and some of the things that the Lord revealed to me in it.
119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
Being blameless in your way is directly connected to walking in the law of the Lord. Those persons with a blameless way are happy persons. Their happiness is rooted in keeping God’s testimonies and seeking Him with their whole heart.
Walk and way = one in the same. If you walk somewhere, it’s the way that you are going. If you walk in the ways of the Lord, your way will be blameless.
God has commanded His precepts (His law) to be kept diligently. He has not asked nor has He pleaded or suggested. He’s commanded that I keep His precepts diligently (constant in an effort to accomplish something, attentive & persistent, pursued with persevering attention, painstaking).
Humility, honesty, a prayer – “Oh that MY ways may be steadfast (fixed in direction, steadily directed, unwavering, firmly established) in keeping Your statutes (law)!”
“Then I shall not be put to shame” – If MY ways were steadfast, I wouldn’t be ashamed before You. I’d have no reason to be because my ways would be firmly established in keeping Your law.
Eyes ‘fixed’ – fastened, set or intent upon, not fluctuating or varying. My eyes will be set on God’s commandemnts, never varying.
I will praise God with an upright heart when I learn His righteous rules. Can I do this without learning them> Can my heart be upright without knowing what He expects? No.
The resolve after pondering and realization – I will keep your statutes… Those people that do are truly happy, blessed, not put to shame, able to praise You with an upright heart… Yes, Lord, I will keep Your statutes! There is great benefit!
“Do not utterly forsake me” – A plead/cry for mercy? Is this connected with verse 5 (Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!)? Maybe this is an instance of “I will do this; please endure with me!”
I am excited about working through Psalm 119 8 verses at a time, taking my time and not imposing upon myself timelines. I am grateful for the stirring that the sermon caused as well, and I pray it will be of benefit to others.
Grace and peace!