Psalm 119 א – It is Good to Obey the Lord
Psalms 119:1-8
The Lord has commanded we keep His Word diligently–and for our own good and benefit.
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Published September 18th, 2016
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The Lord has commanded that we keep His Word diligently, and those who obey will be blessed and escape the shame of ungodliness and sin.
Psalms 119:1-8
1 Blessed are those whose k way is blameless,
How happy are those who live in integrity and uprightness of heart,
who l walk in the law of the Lord!
they who walk according to the Word of the LORD!
Blessed are those who m keep his n testimonies,
And how happy are those who abide by the Word which testifies about Him,
who o seek him with their whole heart,
and who seek Him with everything that they are,
who also p do no wrong,
and who also do not sin,
but walk in his ways!
but rather, walk in the ways of the LORD!
You have commanded your q precepts to be kept diligently.
You, LORD, have commanded that we diligently keep your precepts.
Oh that my ways may r be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
I desire with all my heart that I may be faithful in keeping Your statutes!
s Then I shall not be put to shame,
For then I will not know shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
because I have fixed my eyes solely on all Your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
I will praise you with a heart established in integrity and truth,
when I learn t your righteous rules. 1
when I learn Your perfect and righteous ways.
I will keep your statutes;
I will keep Your Word;
u do not utterly forsake me!
do not leave or forsake me!
The entirety of Psalm 119 is the outpouring of gratitude the psalmist has towards God for His Word. Broken up into 22 parts, the first section, aleph, not only acknowledges God's requirement of obedience in keeping His Word diligently, but proclaims the benefits of doing so. The Apostle John also writes, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3) The one who loves God with all his heart will diligently be a "doer" of God's Word. He will seek to understand the wisdom of God and the path of morality and obedience, fix his eyes on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4), and set his heart to walk accordingly. Find a man who practices disobedience, and you will find a man who loves himself more than God. There is real reward and direct benefit for diligently obeying the Lord and walking in a manner worthy and pleasing to Him. In the beginning of this text, the psalmist knows this and calls that man, "blessed." We might also use the word, "happy," here, for joy and happiness are a result of abiding in the Word of God. We cannot but call into account God's word to the prophet Isaiah where He said, "But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word." God, the Lord, the Almighty, the King of kings, the Great I AM–will turn His face upon the one who fears Him and who keeps His commandments. Shame is the product and affect of sin in this world. Noah Webster defines shame as "a painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt." But guilt and shame can be avoided altogether by walking in the path of integrity and keeping the commandments of the Lord. I would argue that it is right to be motivated towards this kind of happiness by keeping God's Word because it is a reward promised by the Lord Himself for our own benefit. If we desire this happiness, through the great grace of our Lord Jesus, we must fix our eyes on His glorious Word, meditate on it as we would eat or breathe, and give thanks, always, for this priceless treasure–
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