Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the “whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!Psalm 119:2-5
Dear Woman of God,
Yesterday we read in Psalm 119:1 that the undefiled are blessed. We also made the distinction that undefiled does not mean sinless. It means seeking God with a whole heart. Today, the Psalmist continues to untangle the necessities of deepening our desire to know God and His holiness in Pslam 119:2-5 by describing the character of the God-fearing person.
Character 1: Obedience. Blessing comes in two-folds. First, by the undelfied heart. Second, by the obeying God’s Word. “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,” God’s word was not meant to be hidden in the hearts only, but also so to be obeyed. Obedience is the indicator of our faith. How else would others know about the one true God if we do not “keep” God’s Word?
Character 2: Righteousness. Again, this does not mean sinless, but rather doing right. Being obedient to God’s Word will lead us in a righteous path (1 John 3:7-9). This also shows consistency. As the righteous man will constantly keep God’s law and diligently seek Him.
Character 4: Desire. We all know that what we desire, we fully commit to it so that we can obtain it. Here the Psalmist cries out to God, “Oh that my ways are directed To keep Your statutes!” He desperately desires a pious heart! A desire to keep God’s Word. Obey God’s Word. Diligently seek God’s Word. Bear fruit in God’s Word. I don’t know about you, but I want this kind of desire. I want it to burn in me until it consumes me. Desire only for Christ = be consumed by Christ.