Blessed Are Those Whose Ways Are Blameless–Psalm 119:1-8
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the Law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep His statutes
and seek Him with all their heart—
3 they do no wrong
but follow His ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying Your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all Your commands.
7 I will praise You with an upright heart
as I learn Your righteous Laws.
8 I will obey Your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
There is nothing better than to be blessed by God. After all, we all need and want something. The first couple verses of Psalm 119 clearly identifies who will be blessed: those whose ways are blameless (they do no wrong or harm to others), those who walk according to God’s Law and statutes, and those who [continue to] seek Him with all their heart. God doesn’t ask anything of us that isn’t for our greater good – for our benefit. So anything we do outside His will and Commands, stems from a place of pride, ignorance, and/or rebellion. In essence, we demand to do things our way despite His warning. Then, when things don’t turn out well, we blame Him. We wonder why our prayers aren’t answered and why life is so difficult.
The psalmist wisely states, “You [Lord] have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed” (v 4). When we honor God with our full obedience, He will honor us with the blessing. So as we continue to learn and to grow – seeking more of His Will and less of our own – let us do as the psalmist did: seek, obey, and praise Him along the way. Be humble in spirit – willing to walk where He leads and forgo anything He leads you away from. Yes, you will stumble from time to time. But God is not at all interested in perfection. He is interested in your hearts intention before Him. Your willingness to humble yourself and obey His commands — trusting Him with the outcome. When you act in this way, your ways will be blameless before the Lord. Your prayers will be answered. And, you will be called blessed.
[Read and meditate on this psalm today. Let us know how it speaks to you in the comment section below.]