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Psalm 119 – Part 5A

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PSALM 119:33-40

Hebrew H-Heh

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33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
34
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law  and observe
it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
36
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
37
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
38
Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
39
Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
40
Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
Psalm 119:33-40, ESV

The other day we learned that our spiritual walk with the Lord can grow as we put God’s Word first. In order to continue the growth process in your spiritual life, you need to continually feed on God’s Word, follow what He says, and activate your faith in His Word. That’s what the Psalmist did: “I have chosen the way of truth”, vs. 30, Amplified version.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that God has made available to every person. Jesus has shown us the way to a life full of God’s blessings through His Word and through believing in Him. Jesus spoke the truth. He only said what His Father said; He only did what His Father showed Him (John 5:19, John 12:49). He came to give you and I real Life—life full of God’s blessings here on earth and life in His presence for eternity (John 10:10). Remember what John 20:31 said: “But these [things] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.”

From our verses today we can see the difference in the Life that God has given us through Jesus and what happens when we try to live life on our own terms, without God. Also note that there are “action” words the Psalmist uses in requesting God’s help so he can continue walking and living according to God’s plan. In verses 33-34 he says “teach me and guide me”. You can’t learn anything in life without being teachable, able to learn. If you have a willing heart to learn, God will respond and direct your steps. “The entrance of your Word gives light.” (see verse 130). Check out these other verses that also show God’s willingness to teach you – Proverbs 2:6 and James 1:5.

There’s our part in walking according to God’s Word and His ways, also. You won’t make any forward progress spiritually if you don’t involve yourself in the process. You will have choices. You can take the easy route or you can take the disciplined route. Verses 36-37 show that there are worthless worldly things that vie for your attention in life. As the Amplified version says, there are things full of vanity, idols and idolatry that invade your vision. You’ve probably been there: enticed by the fake ‘riches’ of the world only to be depleted and abandoned. That’s what the Psalmist is telling the Lord – ‘Lord, I need your help to overcome the temptations, not to be sucked into the world and its way because it only leaves me empty, but I find delight and life in following your way, your Word.”

Keeping God’s Word foremost in your thoughts and actions will enable you to stay clear of worldly pursuits while you continue growing in Him.