Today From Psalms
Psalms 119:1-2 “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”
In the opening words of the psalm, “blessed” is repeated in verses 1-2, but found nowhere else this psalm.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words says: “Basically, this word connotes the state of “prosperity” or “happiness” that comes when a superior bestows his favor (blessing) on one. In most passages, the one bestowing favor is God Himself.”
How can we receive God’s blessing? The first three verses indicate that this blessedness is for those who are blameless before the Lord, obedient to His law, and wholehearted in our relationship to Him. But some of the words that follow (law, precepts, statutes, decrees, commands) have a way of frightening us and almost paralyzing us with despair. The law is not a weapon in the hands of an angry judge but a tool in the hands of a loving Father, used by the Spirit to make us more like Jesus Christ. The Word enables us to know God better and draw closer to Him.
The devil would convince men with an opinion that they are at liberty whether they will make the Word of God their rule or not.
The Word of God is not mere human prudence; it is not mere morality. It is God’s Word and therefore we are to obey it. It is not because it will be for our interest that we are to obey; it is because God requires it. This is the foundation of all true virtue; and until a man acts from this motive it cannot be said that he is in the proper sense a righteous man.