Going through my Life Application Devotion, this past Saturday, it pushed us keeping the law. I have been fascinated by this concept for several years. it’s what got me interested in The Way of The Master through Living Waters (Ray Comfort’s) ministry. I find it fascinating how they go about talking to people about God. They aren’t necessarily trying to convert people. That is not our job, that is God’s job. It is our job to give the truth and plant the seeds. I love that they go to the heart of the situation, the law. So, when I read Psalm 119:1-8, it did get my attention.
1 Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the LORD.
[in-teg-ri-tee] Show IPA
1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
3. a sound
, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.
Joyful, happy, are people of integrity. Want to know why? They know that they are moral and ethical, they are honest. But also because they follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
Joyful, happy, are those that 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.
These people do not compromise with evil, instead, they walk in the Lord’s paths.
4 You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
We are charged with, instructed, to keep His commandments carefully. This is not an easy thing. We all fail.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
Oh, that my actions, our actions, would CONSISTENTLY reflect His decrees. Consistently is the key word here. It is also the most difficult to accomplish.
6 Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
It is then that I will not be ashamed when I compare my life to His commands. I admit, I am not there yet. I pray that I will get there, and I try every day. It’s an ongoing process.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
As I learn, we learn, His righteous regulations, laws, I will, we should, thank Him by living as he expects us to live. Living by the Word.
8 I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!
I work, we should work, on obeying His decrees. And the psalmist ends this section asking God to not give up on him. Due to Jesus, the Christ, being sacrificed for our sins, we are assured that God will not give up on us. He loves us all, and wants us to love him back. Let’s not let him down.