Psalm 119:1-8 אַשְׁרֵי תְמִימֵי-דָרֶךְ

ALEPH

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!

Psalm 119 celebrates the gift of God’s word to us. It is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. Here we see a man who has been transformed by the truth and power of God’s word. I have made it a habit to pray through this Psalm regularly in an effort to delight in and long for God’s word as the Psalmist does.

There are wonderful consequences for those who give themselves to diligently study God’s word and live it out. ‘Walking in the Law of the LORD’ is the true path to happiness. Those ‘who seek him with their whole heart’ are those who are truly and eternally happy and blessed.

Question: What is it that you are truly seeking with all of your heart? Is there anything at all that you are seeking in this way or are you walking through this life apathetically just taking life as it comes?

Here we see that those whose ways are blameless; who walk in the ways of the LORD are those who are truly happy.

Verse 4 declares the LORD’s intention for the proper response to his word. God’s expectation for us is that we would be diligent in obeying his word. He does not speak because he likes the sound of his own voice. He speaks so that we will be happy through diligent obedience to all of his commands.

Verse 5 reveals the cry of the Psalmists heart and the goal of this Psalm is that we would share in this deep longing for the things of God. The cry is that we would be ‘steadfast’ in our obedience to God’s word. Without God’s word we are left to wander aimlessly throughout this life stumbling because of our foolish, sinful choices.

The result of obedience is that we will not be put to shame. There is a great lack of shame over our sins in our culture because there is a great ignorance of God’s Word. Furthermore, we will have a heart that longs to praise God as we experience his grace. We will do so with an upright heart.

The first step is learning the LORD’s righteous rules. Many of us sin in ignorance because we do not know what the LORD has said regarding the way we are to live our lives. This section of the Psalm ends with a pledge on the part of the author to keep the statutes of LORD and a request that the LORD not forsake him.

So what about you and I? Will be make the same pledge? Will we seek the LORD with our whole heart?

I know what I am going to do. I am going to engage in a passionate pursuit of intimacy with the Almighty. I am going to feast on his word and walk in the path of true happiness.

Are you with me? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about this Scripture.

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