Authored by Lou Geense
Read: Psalm 119:1-8. Vs 1.
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Whenever you get a new tool or gadget or even a new car, it makes sense to follow the maker’s instructions. They tell you what you need to know about using the new product. That would be the wise thing to do. I have to admit that I usually just use the item and when things did not work out as expected I go back to the instructions and look for pictures. Not a very wise thing to do.
As Psalm 119 begins, it points out that people who follow God’s way are blessed and blameless. But we need to clarify two things.
- In giving his Word, God tells us, “This is how I created you to live. When you live according to my instructions, you will be blessed.” This does not mean everything will be easy, but, whatever the circumstances—easy or difficult—your life with God and others will flourish because you aim to honour and obey God.
- What is the meaning of “blameless?” Blameless does not mean “perfect.” Everyone sins, falling short of God’s righteousness and perfection (Romans 3:23). But all who are redeemed by Christ, the Saviour, are declared righteous by God. When we believe in Christ as our Saviour, we long to be like him, to live God’s way, according to his Word. And Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). The hunger for righteousness is what leads to true satisfaction.
What are you hungering for? If you want to please God, follow his Word with all your heart.
O Lord, guide me in your ways, and “I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.” Amen.