Being Devoted to God and His Word - Monday, February 4th
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes! Psalm 119:1-5
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Each of this week’s Devotionals will include a portion of Psalm 119 which in its entirety has 176 verses. Today’s portion uses a number of words to refer to God’s Word, including law, testimonies, ways, precepts, and statutes. All of these words convey the thought that God has given us authoritative instructions for life. Authoritative instructions for life is what God’s Word, the Bible, is all about. The emphasis in this opening portion of the Psalm is on the necessity for God’s people to carry out his instructions. Carrying out or doing what we are told to do is what Jesus is likewise saying in Luke 6:46.
The authoritative instructions of God are for all creation. God wants our actual lives to be closely aligned with his Word. However, we must always remember that God never separates himself from his Word. Notice from our passage that it says that those who “observe his testimonies” and those who “seek him with all their heart” are blessed. The authoritative instructions of God’s Word tell us how we can be brought into relationship with God (the Gospel), but also, how through our relationship with God, we can live out his Word. We must always live in the reality that apart from our relationship with God, we are not able to truly observe his Word.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to seek you with all my heart so that I can keep your ordained word diligently and consistently. Nothing would be more wonderful than my ways being established to the point that they correspond beautifully with your ways. For your honor and glory, for my good, and for the sake of the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, help me be fully devoted to you and your word. Amen!
Posted on Mon, February 4, 2019
by Ken Hart