Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly (Psalm 119:1, 8).
Oh to be blessed… happy if you will. It’s the ambition of our souls and the driving force behind our actions. I know of no one whose intent isn’t to achieve happiness; to be blessed.
The Psalmist gives us some sort of direction in attaining this desired state. He tells us that if we want to find true happiness, it awaits us with open arms. It beckons, “Be blameless and walk in the law of the Lord!”
I can be honest enough here to share with you that I always feel better when I find myself helping a neighbor with a need than when I’m stealing that extra minute of break at work (Now why did I have to share that?).
I passed that bit of information so that I might let you in on this. I know the Psalmist. Oh… no… I don’t mean I know him personally. I’m not quite that old. I mean to say I know how he felt. He knew where his happiness dwelled, and his greatest desire was to be there, but something kept driving him to another habitat. Isn’t verse eight a contrite utterance of a frustrated man?
“I will keep Your laws! O’ Lord; please don’t fully disown me!”
The desperate pleading heart of an unknown contributor to the Psalter makes known the futility of our efforts. We know to be good. We try, we really do. But just about the time I feel I’m soaring with wings of righteousness, someone puts that dab of salt in just the right place, and reveals a man filled with pride. I lunge with a bigger dose of salt.
Thankfully, as I was reminded by a special speaker in church a couple of evenings ago, a knowing and loving God sent someone on our behalf to fulfill the law. Because we can’t and don’t, Jesus did.
This promise of blessing is very available today, but it’s not found in our ability to be lawkeepers. In Christ alone, we sing with the psalmist, “we are blessed because we are blameless in Him.” Our calling then is to simply walk where we found true happiness.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6).