A Study of Psalm 119
No one can say who wrote this Psalm, but many think David is the author. For the purpose of our lesson, it doesn’t matter who we attribute this Psalm. We know all scripture is inspired by the Word/Hand/Breath of God.
This is the longest chapter in the Word. I have never studied it, so we will be examining it verse-by-verse for the first time together. I am no Bible scholar. I don’t come close. I will use many commentaries to help with this study.
Let’s not waste any more time and dive right in.
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed – means – Those whose course of life is directed and governed by a single-hearted devotion to Jehovah, and integrity in dealing with their fellow men are made perfect and upright and are happy and confident children of God. Happiness is a result of your obedience and pursuit of God.
Blameless: How in the world can you and I become blameless? If you take a close look at this passage, you will see the answer. Those who walk according to the law of the Lord will find happiness.
Too often we look for happiness in things and in people. But if you’ll notice, the pursuit of happiness is an ongoing dilemma. Our desire for it can have us tied in knots, neglecting our children, cheating on our spouse, guzzling down liquor, in a fretful hurry in anticipation of things falling apart around us, staying up late at night drowned in nightmarish scenarios that never come true, caught up in lies, or working for another hour and thereby neglecting loved ones and more important tasks.
The happiness God offers us is filled with peace. He doesn’t give you a list of earthly things to chase. When conducting your life in a godly manner, you’re not left out of breath, tired, and fretful.
To know this, you must follow his commands and you must spend time in his Word.
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-29)
“… to whom He has said: “This is the place of rest, let the weary rest; this is the place of repose.” But they would not listen. (Isaiah 28:12 – God’s Judgment on Ephraim)
- Reflect and share experiences where you have taken matters into your own hands and made a mess of things.
- What have you learned?
- Have you repeated this mistake?
- What will it take to get you to remain obedient?
- How can we encourage you?
Donna B. Comeaux
August 4, 2020