Today From Psalms
Stay the Course
Many people begin the journey to follow God but do not continue throughout life. They begin well but do not always end well. Some of the kings of Israel and Judah were such. The very first king, Saul, began well but ended in shame. Samson, one of Israel’s judges, began well but ended beneath the rubble of a heathen temple. Even in the New Testament we read of Demas who had left serving the Lord with Paul because he loved this present world more.
Times have not changed. People begin but do not stay the course and drop out along the way. While there are a great many reasons that could be given, the main reason is a lack of unwavering commitment. Psalm 119:106, 112 speak of the foundation of commitment.
“I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.”
“I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.”
God’s word will be “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” But we must commit to it and determine not to stray from God’s Word. This commitment will enable us to say: “The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.” (Verse 110)
A good place to be is to begin each day with “O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.” (Verse 108)