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4 God, you have ordered that your decrees
should be kept most carefully.
5 How I wish my ways were strong
when it comes to keeping your statutes!
6 Then I wouldn’t be ashamed
when I examine all your commandments.
7 I will give thanks to you with a heart that does right
as I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes.
Please don’t leave me all alone!
9 How can young people keep their paths pure?
By guarding them according to what you’ve said.
10 I have sought you with all my heart.
Don’t let me stray from any of your commandments!
11 I keep your word close, in my heart,
so that I won’t sin against you.
We might see Psalm 119 as just a novelty—”the longest Bible chapter” (it has 176 verses). It’s much more. A younger writer (verses 9-10) showed both joy and realism about a life lived God’s way. “The rules in the Old Testament were not merely random taboos or prohibitions designed to keep you from enjoying your life. They were given to help you live a truly human life…. the psalm teaches adhering to God’s rules is the way of blessing. Things go well in your life.” *
Lord God, an old hymn says, “Beyond the sacred page, I seek you, Lord.” I want to understand my Bible better, but it’s you I seek in its pages. Shine into my heart through my Bible, so that your kingdom’s love, joy and peace shine out of me. Amen.
Growing up, I tried hanging out with a group of kids who were not making the best decisions. My mom caught wind of this and asked me, “If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?” The obvious answer was no. But I was angry then because I could tell my mom didn’t like these so-called friends and didn’t think I would make the right decisions if I kept hanging out with them.
I quickly learned the power and importance of true friendships when I told that same group of kids that I wasn’t into drugs and alcohol, and they immediately stopped hanging out with me. My mom was right. These individuals weren’t really friends. I’ve experienced relationships that tried to take me off course or didn’t care about who I am, but I’ve also experienced communities who accepted me, loved me even when I messed up, and helped me focus on walking with Christ.
Following the right path can be difficult. However, we don’t walk alone. God is with us and works through us. Therefore, something amazing happens when we gather to worship, study, grow, serve, and give. We can foster and encourage one another to stay on the right path, deepening not only our faith but the faith of others. I pray that you can be that light to someone, and that someone is a light to you so that we all can stay on the right path.
* John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, Part 2: Psalms 73–150. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, p. 145.