Psalm 119 is the longest book in the Bible, by quite a bit. Yet in the first handful of verses we get the formula for life and how we can succeed in our walk with God. “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord”! Here is the magic for blessing – be blameless in our walk. The author goes on to write “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways”! The secret sauce isn’t all that secret. We are to walk in obedience to God.
The writer reminds us that we need to pursue God and His Word with our whole heart. Being a Christ Follower is not a part time gig. It is all of us following all of Him all the time. We don’t turn it on and off. We don’t pull it out when it fits the situation. We have to walk in obedience and the understanding of His guidance and will all the time. God has a standard and it is sky high, literally. “You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently”. Part time following just won’t cut it.
So what do we do? “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes”! We obey. It is really that simple, at least to say and know. Doing it is a bit more challenging because we have self that gets in the way, and our enemy sitting there clapping when we begin to stray. But the writer gives us a picture of what happens if we simply follow Jesus:
- “I will praise you with an upright heart
- I will keep your statutes
- I declare all the rules of your mouth
- I delight as much as in all riches
- I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways
- I will delight in your statutes
- I will not forget your word”
Our walk with Jesus takes action on our part, and a will to do what God has told us brings blessing. We have to move!
The psalmist also gives us a very clear admonition of how we can stay the course. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments”! We have to be in the Word so we know it and can obey it. It is impossible to follow God and walk with Jesus effectively if we don’t learn and know God’s Word. It is our guidebook for life. It is the secret to His blessing. We have to spend time with Him in it. And then we too can say “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”. The only hope of walking successfully with God is to hid His Word in our heart, just like Jesus did, so when the enemy comes to tempt us to disobey, we not only know it, but can live it and quote it!