Walking in the Law
Updated: Sep 13
Verse 1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Today we start a study of Psalm 119. This psalm holds the title for the longest chapter in the Bible and holds some verses that are well known on their own. There are some important themes that run through this passage that we will be looking at closer as we work our way though, such as God’s laws and our obedience. We will discuss what it means to obey because of our love of God.
The psalmist was creating a masterpiece song when he wrote this. It is an acrostic poem that uses each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the stanzas has eight lines and each of those eight lines begins with the letter that stanza represents. This attention to detail was also given to the message of the verses. Being inspired by the Holy Spirit, this psalm was a gift given to the psalmist and therefore gifted to the people of God, including those of us in this age of history,
The psalmist takes no time in getting to the heart of the passage by stating in the first verse those who are blessed by such a song. While this psalm has much to teach us it also serves as a reminder of the things we have already learned. It also stands to remind us that it isn’t the hearers of the law that are blessed but those that do what the Law commands.
None of us are perfect but there will be evidence of the level of honor we give to God though our obedience of His teachings. If we know Him but don’t give much heed to His laws it reveals that we have a basic head-knowledge but are missing a heart-knowledge of Him. To know Him in our heart will bring us to obey Him readily and wholeheartedly. Anything less says that we love ourselves more.
As we go through this psalm together, let’s make the pointed effort to seek His face and allow the light of His Word and law to examine our hearts. Let’s shine the light of His Word into the dark corners of our lives and sweep out the piles of dirt that have accumulated in those areas of heart and mind that we don’t venture into often. Let us come to hunger for His Word and concentrated time with Him. Let Him renew us and polish us as His beloved children.
Making It Personal
How important is time spent in the Bible to you? Does the amount of time you spend in it reflect that answer? How willing are you to change to be more like who He wants you to be?
Making It Personal Kids
How important is the Bible? Do you like to read it or learn it? How can reading it help you be more like Jesus?
Father, thank You for Your Word. As we study this passage give us a growing love of You and Your commands so that we can seek to be more like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.