"Becoming Blessed" Tuesday Psalm 119:5-6
“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.”
Psalm 119:5-6 (ESV)
This excerpt from the longest Psalm in the bible encapsulates a desire many of us as sons and daughters of God have in our hearts, “God teach me Your ways that I can walk in them”. This passage, however, contains the answer to a question threaded throughout its many statements of loyalty and commitment which is essential to our pursuit of connectivity with our Father. Have you ever considered why God wants you to do certain things or not do other things?
God has never commanded anything He did not have a good reason for. He’s after more than just mindless compliance on our part to principles and rules. He has purpose to all He requests and attaches generous promises to the keeping of His word…but why? Verse 12 of this Psalm gives insight,
“Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me Your statutes!”
Have you ever thought about how blessed God is?
God lives in total freedom; total security; pure hope; unfiltered love; unrestrained joy, grace and beauty. He lives in and is the very essence of all the good we lack in this world.
The bible not only reveals who God is but also His intent to share who He is with us. Jesus, who was the exact representation of God the Father, made known this intent in the way He lived His life among us as well as the statements He made.
“My peace I give you” John 14:27
“I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you” John 15:11
“I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10
The Father longs for us to know the fullness of life contained in Him which we have no grid for living in our broken world. The laws given and commandments stated throughout His history with humanity all originate from His hearts desire to bring us into the wholeness and rightness that He lives in.
His invitation to “walk with me” is the expression of His desire to share with us all the goodness that He has and is.
The intimate connection He began with Adam in the garden He has continued to pursue through various individuals and the Israelite people recorded throughout the Old Testament. Now the dream continues to be made possible through the finished work of Jesus on the cross and the deposit of Holy Spirit into our hearts.
The Psalmist recognized the worth and beauty of the life God lives. He had revelation of the transcendent beauty that God’s ways held for him. The entire Psalm begins on the premise, “blessed are those whose way is blameless…” (v 1). The word translated “blessed” here is “ashar” which is generally rendered “happy”. But the context and meaning of this word can be expanded to understand that it is being led in the right path that brings us into incredible joy and happiness (see Hebrew word study).
We need to catch a glimpse of our Father’s heart for us and the blessing He wants to bring us into. Following God is not about a checklist of rules we need to keep in order to keep Him happy with us. He extended Himself to us first and continues to offer the best of Himself to us.
God isn’t a cruel task master - He is a loving Father.
Though He has been misrepresented and misunderstood throughout history His pursuit of us remains constant. When we desire God’s ways to become our ways we do not receive some impersonal stamp of approval but access to all that our Father has and is.
Begin to see Gods gentle tugging on your heart to realign areas of your life with Him as His passionate attempt to bring you into a blessed life. He is the most self-less and humble being. The process of letting Him transform us is the path to becoming blessed - happy and complete in the best life He has for us. Though it can be painful to let go of the lies, beliefs and sin that we become so attached to, a revelation of the life on the other side of those things will give us strength and resolve to let Him have them.
He is after you, always has been. Believe in Him today.