Blessed are those…Reflection on Psalms 119: 9-10

 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
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The text begins with a question, a very relevent question. It asks how does a youth stay on the path of purity, then it answers it quick and simply by stating living according to YOUR word. The word of God is so important and we shouldn’t neglect it,  Humbly, as a church, we must claim that we know not what God requires of us with out the bible. The path of purity being that path that looks different than what most the world takes. Different by the things that it  would state as valuable and what even my own flesh would have me value. The desire to live the path of purity, the faith of the heart that has you to desire to question what it requires and how to obtain it (that which pleases and honors God), is the beginning of the spirits work. Regeneration if you must, a change of heart, you no longer only desire what your flesh craves, but you crave to know that which sets you towards godliness, namely the word of God.

With that said, it is really neat cross referencing with the fact that John proclaims that the word was God and the word was with God, further saying that the word became flesh, hinting that the embodiment of the word of God is Christ himself. To live according to the word of God is to live according to Christ and his teaching. It’s to agree that there is no other words or teachings, or things that you can obey, or laws that you could make for yourself that would so correctly set you on the path of purity than the teachings of Christ.Knowing as stated in my past thoughts that we could not obtain the life according to word, if Christ, (the word of God), had not obtained it first. He obtained it perfectly, without flaw, and by Grace through faith,we that believe, shall obtain it too, through Christ.

The psalmist claims to seek God with all his heart, may we have the same desire. May we be more diligent in our efforts to diving into the word of God. As we seek God more may we sin less. I once read a statement that said in order to sin we have to stop loving God. In short, that is a very convicting statement. Let me clarify I am not saying that those who love God, won’t sin, we will,as we are still in the flesh although we have victory in Christ we still at times with Paul proclaim “it is not I but the sin that dwells with in me” and through the Grace of the Lord keeping us we  later in full repentance, with Paul claim”but thanks be to God who delivers me from this body of death..”.  So I am not saying we don’t sin at all, But what I am saying, is that sin has and always will be a direct offense to God, only him. King David himself who had wronged many people called out to God saying, ” I have sinned against you and only you”. To sin we choose to disobey and we choose to love an object, emotion, or feeling we get from a temporal pleasure more than the eternal pleasure we have in God. At that moment we have to choose to stop loving God, and chose to sin. I pray that through seeking God with our all our hearts, that our hearts might be able to discern what Sin is. The way I see it, Sin is a confusion, and deception that masks various forms of self mutilation as satisfaction. AKA, we all die as a result of our sin and the sin of Adam. We all sin, before Christ intervenes, because we like it.  The Grace that has us to Love Christ and live life according to his word teaches us to hate sin and as in Titus 2 says ” to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”

And the last thoughts of the psalmist are beautiful, I love how he reminds of of things we need to do,  and convicts us when we find ourselves wanting. But he doesn’t leave us there, we can’t stir up the spirit in ourselves the spirit works freely of our desires, as it says in John that the wind blows on whosoever it wills.  It willed to blow on me and work on my heart in such away that I want to know this path of purity, I want to live in it that I might bring Glory to God. But it didn’t stop there, this was not a one time occurance, the spirit continues to work in and through us that beleive. With this knowledge, we read the statement “do not let me stray from your commands. ” Our fight against sin always in done in the power of the Spirit, we can’t and won’t do it without him. Therefore we pray to God that he might keep us, knowing full well that he is cabable to deliver us from evil and keep us from stumbling. So when we defeat sin, we praise not ourselves for a decision well-made, but  we thankfully  say a prayer that might look like a combination of these two verses:

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to(the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever and  I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.Amen.

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Blessed are Those… Reflections on Psalms 119:3-8

Psalms 119:3-8

3who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
8I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!

         Reading these qualifications of the blessed (doing no wrong, diligently keeping the Law, eyes fixed on the commandments, learned of righteous rules, and the keeping of statues) is convicting, as I know it is not I, the faithful (by Grace), but it is  Christ, my savior  who has kept them perfectly. Christ, the perfect keeper,  is one who for short while, was the forsaken, while those of us who forsook God were blessed. As I was reading this part of the psalms, my mind thought like this: Christ instead of saying ” do not utterly forsake me” with the psalmist,He in anguish cried out “My God, My God why hast though forsaken me” We who believe know the answer, and we cherish it,  for it is the Gospel. God punished and forsook his son because our sins were taken upon him, that He might bless (adore) us who believe. Although at the very second it causes us to mourn for Christ’s humanity, it also causes us to rejoice as we know the Gospel message doesn’t end there. There may have been times when we question this saying why was it necessary that Christ die, while others go as far as saying is this some of kind of divine Child Abuse. To that I would respond and have before that the Father knows everything therefore he knew his son would rise again on the third day and that someday every knee would bow and every tongue Confess that His son is Lord. An abusive Father does not have the son’s final exaltation in mind, Does he?.I would also add not only does he know, but he planned it, the Word exclaims the Father was pleased to crush the Son. Similarly, Christ, knew what was coming, before his death He told His disciples that all that was written about Him must occur. And it did. The Word exclaims in relation to Christ that for the joy set before Him he endured the cross. So let it be known, when you consider the cross, that what man considers to be tragic, the God-head (Father, Son, Spirit) rejoices in. Therefore so do we, as believers. We don’t rejoice in what made it necessary, that being our sin, but we rejoice in its eternally planned victory over sin. He did this knowing we were yet sinners. He did this when we had not even the inkling of desires to conform to the ways of God.

The Gospel message occurred, but the question still remains for many: why was it necessary that Christ die? The shortest biblical explanation is God willed it as so, but that is not enough for most, and we should not stop at what can be explained further (especially if we have an unbelieving friend who is not satisfied with because God said so.) I must say I as a believer, often want more than that, I realize some things are left to mystery but others can be explained out if we take the time and try to tackle scripture. For me, the question of why is better explained in Romans 8:3-4.

3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.And so he condemned sin in the flesh,4  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Us  being able to live in the spirit, was a necessary thing for the law to be met in us. So all in all the necessity of Christ’s Death rests on us, and our sinful nature rooting back to Adam and continuing in our personal lives.  Having already messed up, and broke the Law, the spirit of Christ in us fulfills the Law we neglect. Looking before the verses above, we see the famous well-loved verse which states “There is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” No  condemnation remains because the condemnation we deserved was put on Christ. Our sin was condemned on him. I apologize for the repetitive nature of this, but this is as much for my own study as it is for you reading. I think that is worth repeating. To deny the necessity of Christ’s Death, is to deny God his attribute of Justice. Without Christ there is no other way, except sending us all to hell, for God to remain just. To save us, He had to have some place to satisfy his wrath. So being united in Christ’s death we are also united in his life which was perfectly righteous. As it is written, 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. So the righteousness of Christ is placed on us,  and where we have utterly failed the Law, Christ obeyed it.

So I just ask that in humility we might claim that the only reason we can relate to the psalmist, and begin to offer up His words as our personal prayers is because of the promised righteousness of God on those who believe. We are saved not solely because of the qualifications of the blessed are in us, but because they were fully met in the one who saved us. By the spirit, we love and desire to grow in the psalmists qualities, which consequently reflect the perfect qualities of the Christ Jesus as he walked on this earth as a man. It is because Jesus’ righteousness is on us that we are righteous.

With that said we are pronounced righteous and Justified by Grace through faith, but all credibility of our Faith is established by works. Although Christ exclaimed “it is finished’ as I believe, don’t grow lazy and neglect works. After all the bible says that Christ gave himself up that he might purify for himself a people, zealous for his good works. To deny works, is to accept, and love a dead faith for yourself. However the spirit would not allow that in the life of a believer. Just wait, fruit will come rather it be in your impact in the life another or in your own life. By the spirit,  You will begin to  do what is right rather than what is wrong, be more  diligent in obedience, your eyes  will be fixed on the commandments,  you will be learned of righteous rules in his word, and desiring to keep his statues. Don’t deny that the word says that those who love the Lord will keep his commands, however don’t boast in the fact that you choose to acknowledge them either.  Instead Boast in these things: that Christ was sinless in his life on earth,  that Christ took on our punishment in his death, and that Christ gained our victory in his resurrection.

P.s I don’t think the psalmist is boastful! Just want to clarify that 🙂 Please enjoy, respond, correct, and comment.

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Blessed are those…Reflections on Psalms 119:1-2

 

Psalms 119:1-2

1Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!

2Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
wh seek him with their whole heart,

Let’s stop and take a deeper look at the word blessed? Let’s learn to look at the word the way God intended, not the way our flesh would have us to consider. There is a difference. At first glance of Psalms 119:1-2, you are probably thinking awesome! That is the correct response. We should be excited and even overjoyed by the promises, things granted to us in His word. We know they are sure.  You might even be led to think along these lines “I go to church, I read my bible, I invite my friends to church, I know Christian songs, and I love the Lord and desire that his will be done rather than mine”  We may then say, Let’s face it we are definitely among the Blessed described here!”  So Point 1 is granted to us the bible readers, we know that the blessed, has to be referring to Christians, believers, people who obey God’s word and take interest in it, but what we might not know is what blessed actually means, we just know it is properly ascribed to us. You may wonder, “Does it mean you get whatever you want, you are more fortunate than others, you are more lucky than others, you are more likely to get top notch treatment than others?” Or does it mean virtually any other thought process that has you putting yourself above others. The answer is a humbling, and simple no.

          If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our lives when we have read the word blessed, we think in such a way that places ourselves above a person that is per say unblessed. Honestly speaking with you, these are the thoughts that I once conjured up in my head, as a young Christian, but now I realize the bible has a way of humbling us and making us see things differently than sin, our flesh, would want us to. Blessed is not a state that elicits luck, as it is not something that has happened to us by sheer chance of our choices. Instead it is something that has happened to us by God’s divine plan and his choice to intervene into our lives. Blessed from this point on should simultaneously be read as “adored by the Lord” This definition makes more sense if we think to fact that we are able to bless the Lord. After all how can we bless the Lord, who has everything he needs, how could he become more fortunate? We bless him by worshiping him in such a way that claims “I adore you”.

         Humbling ourselves once more, we look to the New Testament, we see time and time again that is not our works that have saved us, but the Grace and Mercy of our Lord. The world tends to see getting what you deserve as fair, so we might say we deserve to be blessed because we have done this or that for the Lord.  But the truth of a blessed state in a Christian’s life is it not about getting what you deserve, but about getting what you don’t deserve. First off you must consider what you deserve. Because of sin, we deserve hell. We have all sinned against God, making ourselves viable candidates of His eternal Wrath. Until you understand the true offense of your sin against a holy God, then and only then can you understand your total need for salvation and repentance. All the Blessings that our granted to us, are first and foremost, granted because of his promised faithfulness to his people. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), therefore his promise of everlasting love (blessings) on those who believe will not and cannot be quenched.

You may be thinking, what about all the hard things we go through on earth, if God loves us, why won’t God just end them? After all, wouldn’t that be the best blessing of all? The truth is when we live life setting our minds on things above, God will and does end them. Now I am not saying that once you become a Christian, everything is easy and God delivers you from every heartache and trouble, but what I am saying is the promises of total deliverance from the effects of sin will occur to believers!  As a human, we often want instant gratification that means we want the things we pray about or things we need to change, to happen quickly and in most cases NOW! We are created with finite mind, but when you become a Christian we must put eternal value on everything. For example, We will take on attitudes that exclaim that ‘”even though life is not good right now, God is good and in the end he will deliver me” It may not be the end of the day or month, like you were hoping for, but eventually deliverance will come, even if it’s not until after life (total deliverance). Remember, that a Christian thought process claims that dying is gain because at death you shall be with the Lord. So dwell on this when you feel unblessed: God has prepared for you a perfect place where you shall dwell with him forever, a place where there is no sin to ruin your fellowship or pull your focus away from Him. Thus remaining blessed.

Think about how reading blessed as adored, Changes your ability to know God is present despite the feeling that your life is unblessed? Think to promises in Scripture concerning God’s Love towards believers. Scripture proclaims it is everlasting and without end.(E.g. Jeremiah 31:1) Use your concordance, to consider more verses on the nature of God’s love and adoration towards his people. You will not be disappointed.

As you continually study and grow in the Lord, Truth will have you realize, that blessings are not necessarily tangible. Although, it is good to thank God for the things you acquire, it is not good to think God is withholding blessings from you because you don’t have this or that.  Blessings from God are not always something that you can hold, touch, or let a best friend borrow. Spiritual Blessings are of eternal value and will not be taken away. In Psalms 119:1 -2, the people are named blessed because their ways are blameless, they walk in the way of the Lord, keep his laws, and seek him with all their heart. But now as a practice, instead of assuming the blessed nature of the person is seen out of the text, in ways not written, such the blessed have land, nice things, money,  let’s not let our imaginations wonder, and stick to the text. We would do that by saying the person is considered blessed because they are able to walk in the way of the Lord, Keep his laws, and seek him with all their hearts. Do you see how that has a spiritual connection, rather than the material connection that often is summoned in our mind when we considered someone to be blessed. In conclusion, consider yourself blessed, mainly because you are able to take interest in Christ and follow his ways, not because of anything you have or anything you can do.

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