Updated: Feb 26
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”
In this Psalm we see that blessing follows the one who obeys the Word of God, and not only that but seeks the Lord with their whole heart. They could be the same. In seeking the Lord with our whole heart, we praise Him, and in praise, we desire to be obedient, and from obedience flows righteousness, and from all of this comes blessing from the Lord.
The Lord promises that when we seek Him with our whole heart that we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29), and when we diligently read God’s Word, it is there that we will learn more of who He is. Throughout Psalm 119, there will be 7 words used for “God’s Word.” In just these first 8 verses we already see 6: “law of the Lord” (v. 1), “testimonies” (v. 2), “precepts” (v. 4), “statutes” (v. 5), “commandments” (v. 6), “righteous rules” (v. 7). The last one that we will see used later on is “word” (vs 9 is its first use). Each of these has Hebrew meanings.
Key: English Word | Hebrew Word | Meaning
Law | Torah | instruction
Testimonies | ‘edot | what God solemnly testifies to be his will
Precepts | piqqudim | what God has appointed to be done
Statutes | khuqqim; khuqqot | what the divine Lawgiver has laid down
Commandments | mitswot | what God has commanded
Rules | mishpatim | what the divine Judge has ruled to be right
Word | ‘imrah; dabar | what God has spoken
In verse 5, we see the heart of the Psalm as a whole, “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!” This should be the desire of each of our hearts, that we would desire to grow in our love for the Word of God, and our understanding of it. I pray that this would happen as we continue in our study of Psalm 119.
What does it mean to seek the Lord with your whole heart? How does this change the way that you live?
When you read your Bible, do you live out what you read? Or do you just read it and make a note of it and go on with your day? Read James 1:22-24.
How can you grow in your desire for the Word of God and obedience to it?
Ask the Lord to help you hide His Word in your heart. Pray for remembrance of His precepts when you are tempted and tried (Taken from the Daily Grace Co Psalm 119 Scripture Writing Journal).
Lord, thank you for giving us your Word. I pray that I would guard my life according to your Word. I pray that I would seek you with all of my heart, storing up your word in it so that I might not sin against you. You, Lord, are worthy to be praised! A God who is faithful to one thousand generations. Teach me to be like You, to follow Your Word. Help me to delight in it, being diligent to study it each day. Help me to value it more than anything else in this world. Help me to memorize and meditate on it as I go throughout my day. Help it to change me and grow me more into your likeness.
In Jesus' name