Reflections on Psalm 119 (א Aleph)

psalmA friend suggested I read Psalm 119, eight verses at a time, and journal as I go. I don’t know how compelling my thoughts will be to others, but I am going to share them here anyway as I go through the entire Psalm. I hope some will take comfort and strength from it along with me.

Psalm 119:1-8

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
    that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
    in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
    when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
    as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
    do not utterly forsake me.

“Do not completely abandon me!” (v. 8) This is the cry of a sinful man, whose predilection to disobedience cannot erase the knowledge that his sin is awful and deserving of punishment.

“If only I were predisposed to keep your statutes!” (v. 5) This must be the cry of every regenerated heart, which knows it is right to obey God but is still pulled violently away by his own wrong desires. The only answer is to come continually to God, asking for grace and mercy. The above quote is written in holy Scripture, which tells us God fully understands our predicament and has made a way of escape for us.

 

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About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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