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Quick to Obey


Psalm 119:57-64

Verses 59-60 I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to Your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey Your commands.


We talked yesterday about how we need to see God as our portion. The psalmist uses that to spur him on to a deeper understanding of his inheritance.


This man of song begins our key passage today with mention of his self-examination. “I have considered my ways.” How often do we consider our ways? We talked yesterday about how when we seek God and His law we come to see the truth of ourselves, now we see how seeing His holiness reveals our sinfulness.


Considering our ways means nothing, if we aren’t comparing them to the ways of the Lord we will not see the errors of our ways and therefore will not see the need to change them. Self-examination did for the psalmist what it will do for us when we are seeking the Lord with all our heart. He talks of turning his feet to walk in the way of the Lord. This is the proof we have seen the truth of ourselves.


If we see the truth about ourselves and truly desire to be walking right with the Lord, we need to turn from our evil ways and learn to live in the truth of God’s ways. The psalmist takes it a bit further and says that he hurries and doesn’t delay at obeying the Lord’s commands. Procrastinating is not the way of loving obedience.


Prompt obedience is not easy in all situations. When it goes against what we would rather do we tend to drag our feet instead of obeying. What we need to understand is that the sooner we obey the easier it is to obey. When we delay in obedience we are saying we aren’t sure that God’s ways are best. We sometimes forget that our actions say our true feelings about God and His law.


If our self-evaluation brings us to desire obedience, we need to obey quickly so that the enemy can’t come and try to distract us. Like the psalmist we need to hurry to obey the One we love.


Making It Personal

Is there something that you find hard to obey about? Why is it hard to obey quickly about that? What does self-examination tell you about that sin?


Making It Personal Kids

Is it easy to obey when you really don’t want to? Why is it important to obey Jesus quickly? Do you want to obey Him quickly?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for showing us how to walk in Your ways. Help us desire to see the truth of ourselves so we can learn to obey quickly. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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