Last week I started sharing Psalm 119 with you. We talked about being joyful and what that looks like. Click here if you want to revisit that post.
This week we are looking at Psalm 119:5-8
Psalm 119:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
6 Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
7 As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
8 I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!
For me the very first verse grabs me, “Oh, that my actions would CONSISTENTLY reflect your decrees!”
Consistently is a tough one. I like how the first verse is confessing to God that we want our actions to reflect his decrees.
When I think of decrees I think of rules. But I looked up the definition and there is a theological definition and it says:
One of the eternal purposes of God, by which events are foreordained. (Dictionary.com)
May my actions consistently reflect the eternal purposes of God.
Puts a different spin on it doesn’t it? I stirs something within my heart when I restate the verse like that.
And then these verses end with “I will obey your decrees (the eternal purposes of God). Please don’t give up on me!”
I love this heart cry at the end, “Please don’t give up on me!”
The psalmist knew he would screw up, stumble and fall but his heart’s desire is to obey the eternal purposes of God and he cries out “Don’t give up on me when I mess up.”
Also, notice verse six says we are to compare our lives with God’s commands. How many of us try to compare ourselves to other people? Yeah, we can look a lot better or worse compared to other people but we are to compare ourselves to God’s Word. Not to make us feel bad but to give us hope. God’s Word is life, a promise. If the Word says we can live according to God’s eternal purposes we can. Every day we move and grow in that direction.
My prayer every morning this week has been: Let my actions rconsistently reflect your decrees. Honestly, I have sucked at it but I am asking God: Please don’t give up on me.
Even when you stumble and fail remember God will not give up on you so don’t give up on Him and His Word.