1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
3 They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
Welcome back to Scriptural Delights, our series going through the wonder that is Psalm 119! Here is our first of twenty two letters – Aleph!
I wonder what you regard as being successful in life? Is it the amount of money in your bank accounts? Or perhaps it is the long and successful career? Now while there is nothing essentially wrong with those sorts of things, the Psalmist writes that the key to living a successful life is to be obedient to God and doing, as He has decreed. God has spoken and given His decrees, law, commands and statutes!
Look at the picture the Psalmist writes. Walk according to the Law of the Lord. Keep His statutes. Seek Him wholeheartedly. The person who is blessed doesn’t do wrong against other people (that is what is meant in verse 3) and is obedient to God’s decrees. The successful person considers how to best apply God’s commands in their life, letting them permeate every facet of their being! A successful life is one, which is utterly obedient to God and God’s commands, precepts and decrees. Not only in the doing of them, but also in the underlying attitude. God’s commands are not only things to be done, but also things not to be done! When we sin, and we all do, sometimes is because we do something that is wrong and contrary to God’s law. But there are also sins that are because we fail to do something in order to fulfil God’s commands.
God’s commands it should be noted are not to become objects of worship themselves! God alone, the giver of the commands, is to be worshipped and adored! Some people I meet are all for the laws of God but forget about the giver, Almighty God!
God, as revealed in the Bible, is to be followed with commitment to God but also with consistency or as the Psalmist says “steadfast”. Obedience to God brings about praise to God and does not end in disappointment or shame. Obedience brings joy and a glow to the face!
And how can we be fully obedient to God? Is it through our own strength, wisdom and actions we can fully satisfy all of God’s laws? No! Because we will fail if we try to obey God in our own strength! Read verse 8 again! God will help you to fulfil all His commands if you ask Him! God will not abandon or forsake you, but wants to help! God is personal, and not distant – He will help! Amazing!! To have a successful life is to be obedient to God and His decrees, cries the Psalmist.
What has all this to do with the Christian in the 21st century? Jesus Christ is the only man who ever fully obeyed God in every facet of life. He was the only man to truly be successful and by claiming Him to be our God, then we too can be successful. If you need help to be obedient, just ask Him!
If you are a Christian listening to this, you have God inside you through the person of the Holy Spirit! Part of His role in your life is to guide you and help you to live a life of obedience to Jesus Christ the Son, so that the praise, honour and glory go to God the Father. Will you ask the Holy Spirit to do that for you? And if you have done wrong, ask God for forgiveness of that sin and do not let it trap you in its snare! Be quick to ask forgiveness and do not fall for the tempter’s traps.
Be blessed by God, and to show that you are blessed, live a life of obedience to Him!
A question for you to ponder and act upon: What areas in my life do i need to give fully to God, so that I can be seen to be obedient to Him, in everything I do, in all my attitudes and thoughts?
For the next one, please do read Psalm 119v9-16.