Walk In His Way
Delight In His Word
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the way of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”
To begin with, let’s remove the elephant from the page. “Blessed are those whose way is blameless.” Blameless does not mean sinless. In this passage, blameless comes from the Hebrew word, Taman. Taman means complete, entire, full. It means intact, integrity, sincerity, uprightly, and so on. In other words, “Blessed are those who walk with integrity.”
Here, blameless sets the tone for the rest of Psalm 119. Why? To live an upright life, one with integrity, we need help. We need a guide, a roadmap for our journey. The author of Psalm 119 gives us the roadmap.
Also, he shows us when we walk in the way of the Lord; we experience happiness. How? The Hebrew word for “blessed” is Asher and means happiness. Happiness in the jagged edges of life begins when we are in a relationship with God.
We find hope, joy, and peace amid difficult and often confounding circumstances when we walk in God’s way.
Walk in His Way
How do we walk in God’s way? The first four verses reveal foundational truths we build our lives upon. After those passages, the Psalm moves to prayer, asking for God’s help.
God’s help to:
- Keep his testimonies.
- Seek God with a whole heart.
- Do no wrong, injustice, or unrighteousness.
Sounds overwhelming. And yet, the answer is simple.
- We saturate ourselves in the Word of God.
- Meditate on His Word day and night.
- We walk with Him, talk with Him, praying, and praising.
- And we rely on God and His Word.
The unholy hard becomes a holy expedition beholding God’s mercy and grace.
Grace plows a path through the wilderness.
Psalm 119 unveils the balancing of desperate need and supplication that can only be found in God.
Just as the Psalmist beseeches God for help, we, too, beseech Him for help to walk in His way. We cry out to God from our desolate wasteland, finding comfort in His Word.
“Do not utterly forsake me!”
There is no other way.
This journey with God is personal and intimate. It’s not a one time ticket, but a long term relationship built over a period of time. It is a bridge to comfort, joy, and peace in a long season of suffering.
“Oh, that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!”
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Your Wilderness Guide,