Friday, February 8, 2019

Scripture to Meditate On

Lead me in the path of your commandments,
For I delight in it. Psalm 119:35

There are a few words here that would be good to notice. (I hope that you've already noticed them.)

Let's start with 'it'. This isn't a huge deal but since this is singular it can't be referring to the commandments. It's referring to 'path'. So, what our friend is delighting in is the path, the way of living, that the commandments chart out for us. And that is a reminder that the point of this psalm isn't the laws, commands, etc. It's what they are describing. They are describing a way of life. And it's that way of life that our friend 'delights' in. And that, of course, makes sense. After all, it's a way of life that actually works. Understanding and obeying God's Law is about living wisely, something to 'delight' in. The last word to note is 'lead'. The psalmist is appealing to God to guide him into this way of living. And that makes sense because left to our own resources none of us is able to even understand, let alone live out, what God has to say about living well. This is another appeal to God's grace instead of depending on our works.