God’s Way

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible. It was written at a time in history that is very similar to our current times in which there is religious skepticism and much doubt as to whether there is a God. There was a strong push to separate God from daily life similar to today when we see the efforts to strike the word “God” from public displays and prayer from public schools. Over verse 1, it says “Aleph”. This is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and each section of Psalm 119 is arranged into eight verses with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Since Psalm 119 is very long, I’ll break it down into smaller blocks and write about each individually. In Psalm 119:1-40, we are given the purpose of God’s Word, the results of living by it, and why it is essential for life. The law of the Lord gives wisdom and experience. It counsels, inspires, cautions, and enlightens our minds. It supports and guides in our life journey; keeping us on target. There are many synonyms of the law of the Lord throughout Psalm 119 including statutes, precepts, and the way of truth.

Keeping God’s law leads to good thoughts, good works, blessedness, and joy. It is essential for life because it instructs how to be free from sin, how to pray, and how to live the best way. Following God’s plan and growing in the Lord keeps life pure while at the same time gives us a desire to reach out to others to share about Christ.

Christ in our life is enough and what we need each day. Our reality is not a TV show, a movie, or a sporting event but being dependent on God’s Word for insight and guidance. Christ in our life helps us remain faithful during times when others do not respect us or remain strengthened when others try to bring us down. Christ in our life helps us remain joyful even in a world that is sometimes very sad.

God’s way is best. The way of the world leads to inconsistency and confusion but the way of God leads to order and certainty. I don’t know about you, but I struggle many times just getting a footing when I try to climb the mountain the world has set before me but the path God has laid is much smoother and gets me to where I want to go.

This day with God let us be thankful and amazed because His principles never change. Let us pray for the ability to internalize His guiding principles so they become an instrument which guides like a compass along the journey and helps us always be led by Him in every activity of our day.

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8 Responses to God’s Way

  1. Tom Bolton says:

    Thanks Mark. I studied Psalm 119 in 2012, and wrote my own poetic contemplation about it. It was a beatiful execise. This past week, we used Psalm 119 in our daily devotions in my Accountable Discipleship study group. You might appreciate my contemplation on the Psalm: http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/word-law-and-life/.


  2. Hello Mark! Thanks for putting the spotlight on Psalm 119. I understand it is 118 in the Septuagint. It has been said that David used this prayer to teach Solomon the alphabet of the Torah as well as the principles of a spiritual life. I think context is important in understand Scripture.

    Thanks again. God blesses.


    • Mark Shields says:

      You are welcome Noel. Yes, I also believe context is very important and it’s good to have others to help as we seek to understand and apply scripture. God bless the rest of your weekend.


  3. klandry2013 says:

    Really, really enjoyed this one! Thanks for the reminder!


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