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From Bondage to Ransomed


Psalm 119:129-136

Verses 133-134 Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey Your precepts.


The psalmist made the point yesterday that he desired the law as if his life depended on it, but that was only part of what he wanted. He knew there was a reason the next step was important.


This man of song is asking for direction. Sincerely asking for direction can only come from a humble heart. This humble heart is what is needed for accepting the direction the Word will give. We won’t listen to direction if we think we are the one that knows the best plan of action. Pride can get in our way when it comes to learning; we think we know enough to make it through life without too many issues, but God has bigger and better plans than we do.


It isn’t just basic instruction that the psalmist is asking for. No, he sees the importance of what guidance is being asked for. He doesn’t just give a blanket request but is specific to ask for direction from the Word of God. This man of song knows that he can’t expect to have wisdom from God without the instruction of His law.


We should also note that the songwriter says that it is his footsteps that he wanted directed. This implies that he wasn’t standing still but was walking. It was this walking that he wanted guidance in and that would inspire those around him to also learn to walk in the direction of the law. Walking in light of the Word of the Lord will make a difference in more than just our lives.


The psalmist knew that the direction of the instruction would break the hold sin had on him. The more the law was embedded into his heart, the less sin would have control over him. We tend to forget that righteousness and sin cannot coexist. If we have been given direction for following the law but continue to walk in sin, we are not being faithful to God. The psalmist doesn’t ask that he be saved from his oppressors but asks that he be redeemed, or ransomed. He was asking to be bought from the evil life so that he could live a life of obedience to the law. God has bought us from our oppressors, the bonds of sin, so that we can live in obedience to Him.


Making It Personal

How willingly do you accept direction from the Word when it doesn’t fit the direction you were wanting to go? How important is it to you to walk in the way of the Lord? What does it mean to you that you have been ransomed from sin?


Making It Personal Kids

Do you like to accept direction or do things your own way? What does it mean to walk with Jesus? How do you feel about the fact that Jesus died for your sins?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for paying the ransom from death due to our sin and for Your law which guides us in all areas of life. Help us to humbly walk in Your way and grow in our obedience. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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