Thanks to my Pastor, Ed Garvin, I was reminded this morning just how powerful, and freeing, Psalm 119 can be. That’s IF you believe God’s Word is true.
Psalm 119 compells us to stay true to God and His Word no matter how bad the world becomes. I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but the world hasn’t exactly gotten any better, and we are drowning a sea of impurity with the temptation to do this, or the temptation to do that.
In his sermon, Pastor Garvin asked the question, how do we stay pure in a “polluted” society? Simple: Obedience to God’s laws is the only way to remain guilt free, and it’s the only way to way to be truly happy.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and it’s a good way to guard your heart from the “pollution” of the world. Psalm 119 says:I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and it’s a good way to guard your heart from the “pollution” of the world. Psalm 119 says:
‘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. 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. THEN I WOULD NOT BE ASHAMED (emphasis mine). …
We would all do well to pray, every day, some of the psalmists next words:
“Oh let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. …
Teach me Your statutes. …
Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law. … Do not hide your commandments from me.
Teach me, o Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.
Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things (emphasis mine) and revive me in Your way.”
As believers, don’t you think that type of purity would be most pleasing to our wonderful and gracious God?
We should do what God wants, regardless of what the world thinks. Make the psalmists’ prayer your own today, asking God to turn your heart toward His statutes and not toward the world.
I want freedom. I’m going to make this a priority in my life. Won’t you join me?