And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. Psalm 119: 45
We all wish to be free. Free from debt, deadlines, sickness, struggles, adversity of any kind, hatred, etc. The list could go on forever of the things we wish we could be rid of today! Remember what it was like to be a child? None of this list was on our mind. I recently brought my 18 month old boy to a park where there were a number of activities going on all at once and I placed him on the ground and I started kicking a ball in hopes of my boy and I playing together at the park. But after kicking the ball the first time I noticed that my boy had absolutely no interest in playing ball with daddy! He was too busy surveying the field and seeing all that was happening around him. There was too much to do, too many people to see, games to play, kites to watch, for him to be slowed down by a kick ball!
I have a study bible I read from and it tells me in Psalm 119: 45 the word liberty can also be translated as, in a wide place. This speaks of the concept of security, the type of security found in Psalm 23, where no matter what the psalmist does or where he goes he knows the Lord is watching over him and providing for him at all times. He ends the 23rd by stating that, surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever. That type of security is immeasurable! Imagine just knowing that God is always with you at all times. The peace that results from that mindset is also immeasurable. Lets look at part two of this verse and see more.
For I seek Your precepts. The word seek there can be defined as diligently inquire, or, to follow for pursuit. David is basically saying here that his liberty is coming from his pursuit of God’s ways. We who are pursuing God’s ways should live as if we have no limitations! We usually limit ourselves through our own minds. Many of our problems aren’t really as big and bad as we consider them to be, but, truth be told, how much of our time do we really spend knowing and believing what the bible tells us about God. David had such a tight relationship with the Lord, he knew what he was writing about. These were personal words about him and God.
Think about it this way: if we are pursuing God’s ways, that means we are living out God’s will for our life, right? Its when we are living in God’s will that Jesus says, If you ask Me anything in My name I will do it (John 14: 14). Also, Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Matt 7: 7-8). The principle here is to pursue Him, and you can live a life of freedom!
Problems will always be around us, but if we are in pursuit of God and His kingdom, all of our problems will be dealt with at the right time. Jesus says, But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things (the things we worry so much about) will be provided to you (Matt 6: 33). The Lord does not want us to be so burdened all these distractions!
See, I believe just like with the 23rd psalm we all have a pasture to graze in. Its our pasture where God will delightfully and excitedly provide everything we have need of because its where we will fulfill His plan for our life. But because of distractions many of His children don’t make it to the pasture He intended for them, because they choose to believe the report of the people in their life. They make their problems bigger than God, and instead of pursuing God’s plan for their life they pursue a way out of their problem.
But I say to you: Lets pursue God with our whole heart, mind, and strength, and allow Him to place us in the pasture He has designed for us to dwell in. We can then feel like the psalmist in this verse and be at liberty to do God’s work. Then, surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life, and we will dwell in the house of God forever and ever. Amen.