The Blessings of Obedience (Psalm 119:1 – 8)

Psalm 119 is the longest book in the Bible, and is divided into several parts for the purpose of this blog.  Today begins the chapter (psalm) with verses one through eight.  

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord!

2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,

Who seek Him with the whole heart!

3 They also do no iniquity;

They walk in His ways.

4 You have commanded us

To keep Your precepts diligently.

5 Oh, that my ways were directed

To keep Your statutes!

6 Then I would not be ashamed,

When I look into all Your commandments.

7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart,

When I learn Your righteous judgments.

8 I will keep Your statutes;

Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

What the reader sees here is a prologue describing the benefits and blessings of serving God in holiness.  The people of God are blessed, but also called to live according to the laws, precepts, commandments of God.  To do no iniquity and to learn the righteous judgments of God are assignments for the people of God.  The writer then lifts up the need to praise the Lord.  The final thought shared is the cry unto the Lord not to forsake Him nor allow him to be ashamed!  This passage of psalm 119 emphasizes the need to live according to God’s standards.  We should do this not just to receive the blessings of God, but also to glorify God in our thoughts and actions.  He is worthy of worship, not just in a church service or during personal devotional time, but also every day and everywhere.  If we truly worship God, we do not put him on the shelf or the nightstand along with our Bible after morning or evening devotions.  Instead, we walk with Him daily and live out our worship.  Then, the blessings of God will flow!

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