Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Undefiled

 1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
 2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
 3They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
 4Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 
(Psalm 119:1-4, King James Version)

Undefiled

As we continue in our series, First Love, we will be looking at the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem with 22 stanzas. one stanza for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Within each stanza, each of the 8 verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter. The main theme of this chapter is the Word of God is all-sufficient for all matters of life.

In verse 1, the Psalmist begins with a blessing to the undefiled, which begs the question, "Who are the undefiled?" Though it is true that no man, apart from Christ, is undefiled, or perfect, all true believers are considered the undefiled. Though, as a believer, we are still tainted by our sin nature, in our heart of hearts we desire to love and obey God perfectly. In the natural course of sanctification, we should expect to become more and more like Christ through our advancing years.

What, then, does the Psalmist recognize as attributes of the undefiled?

The undefiled:

* Walk in the law of the Lord
* Keep His testimonies
* Seek Him with the whole heart
* Do no iniquity
* Walk in His ways

The undefiled seek to do all of the above because God has commanded us to keep His precepts diligently.

As I read through the list shown above, I realized that we cannot walk in the law of the Lord or keep His testimonies if we do not know what the Word of God commands us to do. Neither can we walk in His ways if we do not know what those ways are.

As Christians, it is not just a good thing for us to read and study God's Word, but, rather, we are commanded to do so. As we become more and more familiar with the Bible, we find that we love its teachings more and more. In other words, the more we learn of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, the more we love God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If we find that our own Christian walk has seemed to stall out, perhaps we need to be spending more time in God's Word. No matter how busy we are, it is essential for our faith that we set aside time each day for prayer and Bible study. The result of doing so has a dramatic effect upon our own personal walk with the Lord.

Usually the first argument we give for our lack of regular Bible reading and prayer is our lack of time, but as in many things, the busier we become, the more important it is that we take some time each day to spend with our Lord.

Daniel was known to pray morning, noon, and at night. Knowing that, his enemies sought his death by tricking the king into making it illegal for anyone to pray to anyone except the king. Yet God miraculously protected him. John Calvin spent at least two hours every day before daylight meditating upon God's Word, memorizing Scripture, and praying. By the end of his life he had memorized large portions of the Bible.

In truth, it is not really a lack of time, but rather a lack of priorities that prevents us from having a quiet time with the Lord each day.

As God's undefiled, let us learn to treasure the law of the Lord, to keep His testimonies, to seek Him with the whole heart, to do no iniquity, and to walk in His ways.

God Bless You,
Linda


No comments: