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Psalm 119:1-8

Verses 5-6 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying Your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all Your commands.


Having discussed yesterday that God’s laws are like a blueprint for our lives we need to talk about what it means to want to obey them.


Most aspects of our lives are governed by a list of laws that allow things to run smoothly. Even family units have rules whether they are written down or not. Some are basic rules used by most families but there are those that are specific to certain family units. Sometimes these rules help define a family to society such as those in an Amish or Mennonite society. It isn’t that they are different kinds of people, they have just committed to a different kind of lifestyle that sets them apart from the majority of society.


This is the kind of family that God has called His people through the ages to be. It isn’t that He is calling us to live without modern conveniences. He isn’t even suggesting that we follow the laws of the strict religious sects of the Jewish faith. In fact, Jesus, Himself didn’t follow their letter of the law as He knew that they were misusing the laws that God had given His people.


Though Jesus didn’t live by all the stringent laws of the religious leaders He never sinned. He knew what it meant to flawlessly follow the laws that God had set forth. He knew no shame because He knew no sin. While we can’t be sinless as He was, we are called to live blameless. We are to be steadfast in keeping His commands, striving to be all that He desires us to be.


The psalmist says that when he follows the Lord’s commands he won’t be put to shame when he thinks about the law. This is an important thing to remember in our own lives. It isn’t about experiencing shame when seeing the lives of others, but seeing our lives in comparison to the law. The duel power of the law is that it reminds us of what God expects of us but it also continuously reveals who He is. He is holy and so for us to have relationship with Him, we need to remain steadfast in our obedience of His decrees.


Making It Personal

How intentional are you about living a steadfast life? Have you ever compared your life with the holiness of God? What needs to change in your life to remove your personal shame?


Making It Personal Kids

Why does Jesus want you to live more like He did? Do you feel ashamed when you sin? What sin does Jesus want you to get rid of today?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for sending Jesus as our perfect example. Give us eyes to see You and Your holiness more clearly so that we will see our need of revealing You through how we live. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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