May we become the undefiled. May we learn together to walk in the way
of the Law. Blessed may be modernized to read happy. Notice these
Christians are happy to walk in the way of the Lord. They are having
a good time together. When we have a good time in the Lord then we
encourage others to get what we have namely Christ. The greatest
thing that we can forfeit to the Devil is our joy. When we do so we
stop others from wanting what we have.
Is it time for an examination of your own heart? Are there areas in
your life where you are choosing to forfeit your joy to the Lord?
Remembering we loose nothing to the Devil that we do not willingly
forfeit. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and purge you of those
areas of your life where you are not walking with the Lord. If you
have never begun your walk with the Lord please do so now.
119:2 Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him
with the whole heart.
Happy are those who keep the Word with their own hearts. Are there
areas of your life where you are not listening to the Word? Are you
truly seeking him with your whole heart? One way that we do this is
in quiet time. If you are not having an active quiet time I encourage
you to do so now. I have a great friend who used to say she never had
time for a quiet time. This is how she solved her problem. She set
the alarm clock 5 minutes earlier each day for a week. The next week
she set it another 5 minutes earlier. She continued this pattern
until she had worked it up to an hour a day. She now has been doing
this for 10 years and can't imagine living without her quiet time.
Another word of encouragement. What we give to the Lord he will give
back to us, pressed down and overflowing. If we give him our time he
will return it to us pressed down and overflowing. With our busy
lifestyles we can't afford to not give it to him.
119:3 They also do no iniquity: They walk in His ways.
Notice what happens to our lives when we stay in the Word. We
eliminate sin from our lives. Notice that the psalmist here is
looking at other people in this verse. Is there someone that you know
that you want to be like? Do they seem perfect to you? I would
imagine that this person has an active quiet time and is diligently
walking in the Ways of the Lord.
One of the mistakes that God has been convicting me of in the
last couple of weeks is that of praying if it be your will. We are to
instead pray the will of God. If we do not know the will of God we
are to ask and it will be revealed to us so that we can line our will
up with that of God.
Notice here that the Psalmist uses the pronoun they. He is observing
other Christians. So far he is making no contact with them. What kind
of Bible are you showing the world?
119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
Notice that the Psalmist is slowly turning his focus. He has now
slowly started to get pulled into being a Christian. He has gone from
observing it in others to identifying as a group with it. Notice also
that it takes work to keep the commandments of the Lord. We must be
diligent in doing it.
119:5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Here the Psalmist is starting to pray that God would direct his
ideas. Is that your prayer? Do you lack wisdom in some area? Let him
ask God what should I do? He will give you a clear-cut answer if you
ask in faith.
119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy
Notice the Psalmist here is starting to feel the guilt of sin. He is
starting the process of answering the call of the Holy Spirit on his
119:7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have
learned thy righteous judgments.
Are you able to praise God...