Psalm 119: 1
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart.
Isn’t this just an amazing testimony for way back when in the time of David, Anointed Shepherd and King? Before Jesus, before the Holy Spirit, before even the time when we had the luxury to read our Bibles, use different versions and cross references and concordances?
The author of Psalm 119 is telling us straight out that as he looked upon people’s lives, he saw a difference with those who were devoted to God and who chose to keep the Law of the Lord. These words are showing us the heart of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is a heart full of love for us, the precious and beloved work of His hands. These few words reveal the richness and depth of His thoughts towards us and they reveal that He has plans of goodness to pour into our lives. The unspoken admonition is “When you hear His call, heed the Voice”.
In every society we have signposts that mark our level of prosperity and often they drive people into overwork and debt.
We can become so caught up in our lives, in the materialistic side of life, always looking at the green grass on the other side of the fence, trying to attain the achievements of another, that we completely miss and and miss out on the blessing of God within our own life.
We are called to a singleness of heart, to pursue truth, to live the Law of the Lord. If the giants of faith in the Old Testament could do it, how much more can we who have the ever present help of the Holy Spirit and a Bible?
Just as David watched the lives of others, so too, people are watching the progress of our lives. Can satisfaction and contentment, peace and joy be seen upon us as we walk through the daily routines of life?
How many times I have looked at the lives of other Christians, seen the evidence of the blessing of God upon them and wondered if I would ever reach that state of blessedness. Did I ever give thought to what it cost them? The answer is Yes! and I wondered how we become so personal and intimate with Almighty God that His will is actually known and lived out by me.
Over the years I have learned that part of growing in intimacy with God comes through my repentance. My acknowledgement of sin and even greater, my acceptance of His forgiveness.
My heart was apprehended by His love when I experienced the reality and freedom of forgiveness, felt the buoyancy in my heart when I realized the truth – that the power of the shed blood of Jesus had cleansed my conscience from acts that lead to death in order to serve the Living God. Hebrews 9:14
No longer did I need to bemoan and lament over the things I had done wrong in my life – the Scripture was clear – it became a light to my path. The Blood of Jesus not only brought me forgiveness of sin, it went even farther and deeper and brought beautiful cleansing to my conscience.
The result of accepting this cleansing is humility within our hearts and unity with the undefiled who walk in the way of the Lord. We are no longer stubborn and bullish in our attitude toward repentance. We are no longer stiff necked and proud thinking we can do our own thing and go our own way. One of the miraculous things that happens when we choose whole hearted repentance and obedience is the yoking that takes place with other believers.
There is a strength imparted to us when we yield to that yoking, together we can work through difficult areas in our lives, together we can overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Together, with the Holy Spirit’s help and the Word of God to light our way we can plow through the untilled land of our lives. With the Lord’s help, the crooked places will be made straight and the high and unholy places of idolatry shall be cast down, no more to be rebuilt, for we have given the first place in our hearts to the Lord who is our God.
Do you have some untilled soil in your heart that you need to yield to His sickle and plough? Are you ready to walk in new depths of forgiveness, freedom and joy? I am!