Do you have big work projects? I know many of you do. I think of those projects that seem impossible. I have seen some huge buildings go up in downtown Madison. They take years to build. But there is vital attention to detail. A mistake early can be costly. Every step of the way there has to be that focus.
In building a race car there is that same principle. There has to be attention to detail at each step. Starting with the chassis and the frame, the motor, roll cage, so on. Each step there has to be detail. The better at detail and the deeper you go with details the better things turn out most of the time. I heard of a guy that was just sitting with the car, say ‘that sounds a little awkward’, and after a good long time got up from the chair and said, “This is what we are going to do…” They made the changes and the tenths kept falling as they dialed the car in over the next couple of weeks.
I say all that to share one more illustration. My wife and I enjoy doing puzzles. We have done some hard and big puzzles, the 2000-3000 variety. They seem impossible to complete but slowly and methodically the puzzle is assembled and it takes attention to detail. That is what we try to do with the Scripture. We try to study it slowly and with attention to detail. In this study of famous chapters it is hard not to include Psalm 119 but how can we cover a 176 verse chapter in a chapel? We can’t. So we will cover a section at a time and then come back to it a few time until we cover the chapter.
119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
What a place to start out. We can only be blameless because of Christ dying on the cross and forgiving our sin. With that said it does not give us a free pass to just go sin. The “walk” tells us we are to have that as a pattern, a goal in our life. How are we to walk? We are to walk in the law of the LORD. We are to obey God. Is that your goal today?
119:2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
Here we are promised to be blessed, as in the first two verses, if we keep His testimonies. One, we have to know them to keep them. Two, we need to obey them. In the second half of the verse we are to seek Him. Side bar, Life Action Ministry provides a great study by that name “Seeking Him”. What picture do you have when you think about seeking God? It is actively looking for, pursuing, desiring to find God. The other important piece of this is seeking God with our whole heart. This is echoed throughout Scripture. God is serious about it. Are you?!
119:3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
Echo of verse one, walk in the Lord’s ways. This means be consistent day to day.
119:4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
God does not give us a book of suggestions. He gives us many commands in the Bible that we are to obey. Don’t make it optional. Don’t pick, “Oh, I will obey that one but skip one of those.” I say that and people might think that is silly but to be truthful we can do that but should not.
119:5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Psalm 119 is filled with different terms for the Bible. Here we see the word “statutes”. That seems to be more of a legal term of a governmental type term. What a great prayer this verse is as are many in Psalm 119.
119:6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
Are your eyes fixed on the LORD and His commandments? Think about the word “fixed”. That has a tone of glued, focused, adhered to. Are you that intentional and attentive to God’s Word and His commands?
119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules
Do you thank God for His Word? How do you thank God for His Word? We must be careful that we are not worshiping the Bible. That would be the ditch on one side. The back half of the verse tells us that God has rules. This is good. Let me say that again. God has rules and this is good. They are righteous rules. That tells us that there are good and bad rules. We need to be discerning. Catch the word “learn”. There needs to be effort, sweat equity put into studying the Bible. Do you?
119:8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!
It is so good to have God’s promise that He will never forsake us. Are you committed to keeping, to obeying God’s Word?
There is much more to study in this chapter and I will leave that to you. I hope you are studying daily.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,