Order My Steps (Psalm 119:129 – 136)

 

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
133 Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law.

The psalmist continues extolling the virtues of the word of the Lord:  it gives light and understanding, it directs the steps of the believer, prevents iniquity, and redeems from the oppression of men.  The writer bemoans the fact that men do not keep the law, and believes that the blessings of God come to those who know and do the word of God.  He sums it up in verse 133, as the King James version says, “Order my steps in your word.”

The psalmist’s grasp on Godly living is valid.  When one consumes the word and lives by the word, the blessings of God are more prevalent in the life of that man or woman.  No doubt, prayer and a true relationship with God are necessary partners in that enterprise, but knowing the word opens the door for the knowledge of right actions and attitudes.  It gives the reader a sense of ethical living.  The word helps you navigate the life of Christ.  Get in the word.  Live the word!

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