Psalm 119:1 – “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.”
I don’t know about you, but when I think about those who walk with God, I think about spiritual giants. I think about Elijah, walking along the road and then being escorted into heaven by a flaming chariot. I think about Enoch, another man who tasted not death, but was brought into the very presence of God. I think about Abraham and that burning bush experience that left him changed forever, and began a new path of walking with God. I think about David, the man after God’s own heart. But, Brian? No, I don’t think about Brian. And, I wish that I did.
I want to be a man who is known for walking with the Lord. I want to be known as a man who walks according to the law of the Lord. I began my spiritual journey of mediating on a verse in Psalm 119 each day for the next 176 days, this morning.
Today’s verse is a tough one. It’s about more than just walking with God. It’s about being a person whose ways are blameless. And, how does one do that? I don’t know about you, but blameless isn’t a word that I use to describe myself.
And, maybe that’s the point. Maybe what the Psalmist is trying to tell us is that none of us are blameless. And, maybe that’s why the hope of a Messiah, and our assurance that Christ is the Messiah is so beautiful. We, who desperately needed a Savior, have one. And, through Him, and through His forgiveness we can experience the walk of the blameless. We, who are far from blameless can be viewed as blameless before a Holy God.
That’s what a relationship with Christ does. So, if we look at Psalm 119:1 backwards, we end with the word “blessed.” And that’s what I am.
I am not blameless in my eyes. I am not one who walks in the law of the Lord. I try. But, I fail so often. But, I am blessed. And, I’m blessed because of Jesus.
Psalm 1 begins with the word “blessed” too. It says, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
So, I’m blessed. And I’ve begun this journey of biblical mediation. And, Psalm 1 tells me that the blessed person mediates day and night on the law of the Lord.
Jesus talked about being blessed too. The most famous occurrence of this is in a passage of Scripture that we know as the Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-12 tells us,
3″Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11″Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
In Luke 11:28 Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Like a rebellious child, so many times I think that I know better than God. That my ways are better than His. Talk about the ultimate in arrogance. If I’d just listen to the Word of God and obey it life would be better.
Want more passages that correlate with this type of blessing that Psalm 119:1 speaks of? Check out Psalm 112:1, 128:1, John 13:17, James 1:25 and Revelation 22:14. The Bible is full of practical teaching on this subject.
In Ezekiel 11, God was calling His people back to Himself. In verse 20, God said, “Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
Did you ever think that when we fail to walk in God’s ways that we fail to allow God to be God? It’s time. It’s time to obey. Its time to walk in God’s ways. It’s time to recognize that blessed people, people who have had the grace of God lavishly poured upon them, need to live like blessed people.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your blessing. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your work on the cross. Thank you for your resurrection power. Thank you for your transformative power. Thank you that you see me through the lenses of your forgiving power and not as a hostile judge. Thank you that you have the power to transform me. Help me to believe that with you working in me that the transformation can occur.
In Jesus’ Name,