If you haven’t spent time with Psalm 119 let me urge you to do so. I know it is a long one (176 verses). I know there is much to take in, but it is well worth the time. Take it in sections (there are 22 stanzas of 8 verses each). Meditate on a stanza at a time and then move on as the Spirit leads you.
I never cease to be amazed at how the Holy Spirit leads me to various places in Scripture. I know it is not a random thing; that God has a plan. All I can say is: Wow!
Praise be to God!
Verse 1 sets the tone:
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!”
Now — before anyone thinks I am saying MY way is blameless, let me say this:
I AM FAR FROM BLAMELESS…
…but I am trying to walk in the law of the Lord. I am trying to seek the Lord with all my heart. I am trying to learn His precepts. I am trying to store up His Word in my heart.
MY way is not blameless, but GOD’S way is blameless. And that is the way I am seeking.
But I also know that in all my efforts to walk in the way of the Lord I will fall down. I will fail. I will let God down. I don’t want to, but I know it will happen. After all I am sinful (but that’s still no excuse).
What a wretched person I am…
…but through Jesus Christ, God is merciful. Praise be to God!
So I continue my journey. I continue my walk with God. I continue my exploration of God’s Word. I continue to seek GOD’S way and ask God to keep me from the temptation of following MY way.
Verse 9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your (God’s) word.”
YOUR way will never be pure through your efforts. Your way is only pure by guarding it through God’s Word. So…
Seek the Lord.
Mediate on his precepts.
Guard your way that you may be pure and that God may be glorified in your life.
With your whole heart seek God; wander not from his commandments. [paraphrase of verse 10]
May God bless your day as you walk with Him 🙂