January 02, 2020

The Wise Thing to Do

Psalm 119:1-8

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.

—  Psalm 119:1

When you get a new coffee pot, a power tool, or a car, it makes sense to follow the maker’s instructions. They tell you what you need to know about using the new product.

Similarly, we need to follow our Maker’s instructions. They are essential for living life to the fullest, as God intends for us.

As Psalm 119 begins, it points out that people who follow God’s way are blessed and blameless. But we need to clarify two things.

First, in giving his Word, God tells us, “This is how I created you to live. When you live according to my instructions, you will be blessed.” This does not mean everything will be easy, but, whatever the circumstances—easy or difficult—your life with God and others will flourish because you aim to honor and obey God.

Second, we must consider the meaning of blameless. Blameless does not mean “perfect.” Everyone sins, falling short of God’s righteousness and perfection (Romans 3:23). But all who are redeemed by Christ, the Savior, are declared righteous by God. When we believe in Christ as our Savior, we long to be like him, to live God’s way, according to his Torah. And Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). The hunger for righteousness leads to being filled.

What are you hungering for? If you want to please God, follow his Word with all your heart.

O Lord, guide me in your ways, and “I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.” Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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