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JUST THINKIN'

Just Thinkin’ “    9-19-19

 

Oh, my friends… I trust you are having a blessed week in our LORD!   When ‘ya think about it – we are already blessed immensely in all & by all we receive thru HIM!

 

I have recently been pulled to Psalm 119 in my personal study, which ironically speaks right to our church’s current Sunday a.m. series on “Reverence of God”.

 

So this week, I’d like to ask you to join me in looking at the following verses of this massive chapter in the book of Psalms – verses 1-5:

 

“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.

Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!

 

This passage can seem 

 

Wow!  Blessed are those, “whose ways are blameless.” ?    UGH… what chance do I have?  What chance to any of us have?  What chance do we have, to be blessed by the LORD… when we are such imperfect  &  wretched  people without him?

 

And then we read the words -“Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.”  Now, by this time… I’m thinking that no  one  can expect to see much – if any – blessing at all.  

 

As we continue in these verses… we are then told that those who will be blessed, are those “who do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways.  Nothing wrong?!  In what seems to want to be an encouraging start to this massively long Psalm…  it sure doesn’t seem to be encouraging – right?

 

In case you are feeling this way… let me explain a simple “truth” about this passage:

 

`Perfection can only be found in our relationship with God… thru Jesus Christ”

 

So, as we read verses like these 5 verses in Psalm 119 - please realize that the Psalmist is stating the truths of blessings for those who are:

1. In a relationship with God thru his Son Jesus

2. It’s thru Jesus’ death for the penalty of our sins… & his resurrection… that we can even hope to be reconciled with GOD 

 

And in addition to these…

 

1. It’s thru Jesus, that we are “made right” before GOD

2. Nothing we can ever do on our own, can make us right… or perfect with GOD

 

And most importantly…

1. We will never be perfect… or blameless in our walk before GOD – until the day we step into the presence of GOD. It is not possible while we are still present in these feeble, mortal, sin - stricken bodies.  

 

Sin still plagues us… right?  The apostle Paul speaks of that in Romans 7:7-25 (read it).

 

So, the “blameless”… those who “walk according to the law of the LORD”… and those who “do nothing wrong”  in Psalm 119, are those who live their days seeking & striving to live for the LORD.  We are those who live our lives to please HIM & glorify HIM with our lives.  

 

How are you doing with that my friend?  Is your life seen as one that is “lived for” & “striving for” obedience to HIM?

 

Seek obedience to HIM… & His blessings will be seen.  It’s PROMISED!

 

Be blessed my friends… love ya’s!

 

Pastor Brad