In today’s episode, we are jumping right back into Psalm 119! This is THE LONGEST chapter in the Bible, and it is ALL ABOUT God’s Word which we know to be true. As you get in the Word on your own, remember the tips that we talked through on last week’s episode are available int the show notes for episode 002. You can also find Psalm 119 read allowed in its entirety in our podcast bonus material! This is a great resource for listening on repeat!
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes;do not utterly forsake me!”
- “Blessed are those…who also do no wrong, but walk in His ways!” Psalm 119 tells us that we are blessed when we “do no wrong.” Do we actually want to do wrong? Well, the gut answer is “No!” of course not. But if we are being honest with ourselves, it is our natural tendency to do wrong. Sometimes this comes out more in our desire to not do the things we are supposed to do.
- We don’t want to think that we purposefully do evil, but this is the truth of our sinful nature. Romans 1 describes how as sinners we were “inventors of evil.”
- Through the process of sanctification, we are slowly and steadily shedding off our old self and old desires and growing to look more like Christ.
- Sanctification occurs in you from the moment you become a Christian until your last breath. In this, we are growing in our desire for truth and holiness over our desire for sin. This brings God glory!
- How do we honor the Lord in ALL things and pursue holiness even in our relationships? How does this relationship, friendship, relationship with parents bring glory to the Lord? How do you pursue holiness in each relationship?
- Romans 3:9 says that, “None is righteous, no, not one…” Have you ever felt like you where at a place where you were “good”? If you ever believe you have zero sin in your life, desperately pray to the Lord that He would reveal it to you.
- The hope is that we would see our sin, hate it, run away from it, and not try to justify it in our lives.
- “Who walk in his ways!” We should be EXCITED to walk in the way of the Lord.
- The word “way” in Hebrew means the moral quality of his life. God desires moral quality for our lives. For us as believers, how much more should we be walking in moral quality?
- God is the ultimate picture of what it looks like to be perfect, and blameless, and pure, and lovely, and trustworthy. All of these qualities are true, and they are demonstrated throughout His Word. The Bible is written so that we can know the character qualities of God. To know His Word is to walk in His ways.
- “You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.” God is so good in commanding His precepts because He is good and wants good for us.
- “Diligently” means to show care in the way you go about your duties. Following His rules is not something we can just stumble into. Rarely do we find ourselves stumbling into knowing or doing something really well.
- The word “Steadfast” is used throughout all of scripture to describe the character of God. He never changes, He stays the same, and He is committed. How cool that this is the word that would be used to describe this person!
- 1 Peter 1: 14-16, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
- We are to mimic and be a reflection of the character and nature of God.
- “That I may not be put to shame…” The Bible tells us how to avoid shame. By keeping His commandment on our heart and in our mind, ready. God is giving us great advice on how to avoid shame.
- There is a big difference between shame and guilt. Shame is not from the Lord. He allows us to feel guilt over sin because He is a good God, and He offers forgiveness so that we can turn away from our sin. However, shame is from the Enemy and does not allow is to turn away from our sin.
- “Uprights” means honest, or sincere. We want to praise God with a sincere heart! When we learn His righteous rules through scripture, it is our response to praise Him with a sincere heart.
- Sometimes we don’t want to admit that we don’t know everything, and we are afraid of looking like we aren’t perfect. But this ultimately stops us from getting to know God more!
- To be a disciple means you are a learner of who God is.
- The section ends with, “Do not utterly forsake me!” The perfect cry at the end of these verses. We are so desperate for God’s help to be able to do any of these things! Because of Jesus and what He did on the cross, we can now have a relationship with Him and know that He will never forsake us.
- The goal of Psalm 119 is to “enable God’s people to admire His Word so strongly that we will work and pray hard for it to shape not only our life but our character and our conduct.”
Breaking Free by Beth Moore