Archive for March 4th, 2010

Psalm 119:1-8

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible.  It is 176 verses long and comes just two chapters after the shortest one – Psalm 117 which has only 2 verses.  What a difference a few chapters can make.  Since this is such a long chapter and is filled with truth that we need to digest, we are going to break it apart and camp here a few days.  The psalmist begins by telling us when we will be blessed.  Check out the keys to blessing:

  1. When you stay on course
  2. Walking steadily on the road revealed by God
  3. When you follow His directions
  4. Doing your best to find Him
  5. Don’t go off on your own
  6. Walk straight along the road He set

Are you seeing the way here?  It is about knowing God’s course – seeing His plan – and walking there.  The psalmist goes on to say: “You, God, prescribed the right way to live”.  Have you considered that God wrote a prescription for your life?  He truly does have a path planned for you.  There is a way He has set for you to travel.  So where does that prescription come from?  God wrote much of it in His Book – the Bible.  That contains the framework for living.  He sets the course and the standards there by which we should live.  But there are details and some specifics He communicates with us as well.  The fine points of how we are to live.

Where do those come from?  “Oh that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set.  Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel”.  We get God’s counsel in a few ways.  He gives us that through prayer – and the prayer is not us telling God what we want or need – but listening to His still small voice for His counsel and direction.  What does your prayer look like?  Is it you telling God what to do to make you happy?  Or are you seeking His face with a contrite heart seeking how you should live?  Far too often we pull the God is my genie approach.  He isn’t.  He is our guide, our creator, or Lord.  A second way we can get His counsel is to seek the wisdom of godly people in our patch.   Who do you go to and ask advice or direction from?  When they thoughtfully give it to you – do you reject it and just go ahead and do what you want anyway?  We should not seek counsel as a way of justifying our planned course of action.  That is the wrong way to use God’s wisdom through others.  We should seek counsel with a heart that is willing to listen, prayerfully consider, and take thoughtful action based on that direction.  God leads us through godly men and women in our lives.  And of course, His counsel is always within us in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Far too often we never even stop to listen to that voice within us.  The part of the Trinity that God sent to fill us when we become a Christ Follower and help us walk with Him.  We are filled with God’s spirit if we are truly His.  And we need to take heed to His direction through the Spirit.  If we learn to walk like that – steady on His course – we will never have regrets.  We will be walking in the middle of His will doing life His way.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Are you walking there today?  Do you know that you are?  Or are you just guessing at what course He wants you on?  God didn’t plan for us to guess about His will and His way.  We need to seek Him and find it clearly and then walk in obedience trusting Him all the way!

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