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Psalm 119 – Part 5B

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PSALM 119:40
 Hebrew H-Heh

(He)

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 saw that the entrance of God’s Word into our mind and eyes gives us wisdom and direction. We also saw the importance of following the disciplined way through God’s Word as we live in this world today. 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.

Today we’re zeroing in on the last verse in this stanza, verse 40. The Psalmist makes a bold statement. He says that it is God’s righteousness that gives him life. In his own strength, he can’t be in right standing before God. In our own strength, abilities, talents, etc., you and I can’t be in right standing before God; and we can’t do anything to “earn” that standing. So then, If we don’t have help in this area, there’s no hope for us.

But wait! There IS help, and there IS hope. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:30 that “because of Him [God] that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” We aren’t made “right” in our own sinful selves. Our “righteousness” is solely based on what Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross. He took our place and in doing so, when we receive His gift of salvation, we are in Christ, and God sees us through His Son who is altogether righteous.

This is what the Psalmist is rejoicing about in Psalm 119:40. He declares that his renewed life comes through God’s righteousness. He may not have totally understood how that would work through Jesus Christ since he lived long before Jesus entered the earth; but he knew that God was the one to provide his righteousness, right standing, in His presence and in Him his life was renewed (“..in your righteousness give me renewed life”, Amplified version).

Recognize today that Jesus has made you righteous before your Heavenly Father. Rejoice in that truth and let it renew your mind as you continue to meditate on God’s amazing grace in His Word.