Get with the program!

Psalm 119: 58-61

I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.  I have considered my ways and have turned my steps toward your statutes.  I will hasten and  not delay to obey your commands.  Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. NIV

I’m still looking at Psalm 119.

It’s been a busy week.  I haven’t made it to the store yet to get a commentary.  My Bible doesn’t specifically say that David wrote this one, but, I am going to make the assumption he did.

If I’m right, and if he wrote this prior to assuming the throne, David had a very powerful promise to rely upon.  God had promised that he would be the king of Israel.

As I read these words, I consider the promise that God has made to me.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  A few years ago, I read Max Lucado’s book, “The Numbers of Hope.”  The entire book deconstructs and examines this promise phrase by phrase, and I found it very meaningful.

The promise that guides my life is just as real as the one that guided David’s.

In The Message, verses 59 & 60 say, “When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed.  I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders.” MSG

God is faithful.  David knows this.  And, God has a plan.  David knows this, too.  I love that he talks now of the trail being blazed … it is obvious to him what the next steps should be, and he is getting with the program.  While I wouldn’t say that the specific trail of my life is blazed — that would be an overstatement — I am told a lot about what it is that I should do here … love God and love others.  And, it is clear to me that God has a purpose for each and every one of his children.  It is also very clear to me that God does not intend for me to worry.

That’s what I love about verse 61, “Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.” NIV

Worry will bind you with ropes faster than anything I know.  But, God’s law forbids it.  I won’t forget that.

That’s what I will think about today.

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