Today’s readings: Ezekiel 42:1-43:27, James 5:1-20, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 28:6-7
I remember being fascinated as a child simply by how many verses there were in Psalm 119. One Sunday, we had to memorize Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (King James Version) I was probably six or seven years old. The numbers were so high compared to other verses we memorized.
Now my view is different, particularly in this blog where I focus on walking with God. I only had to read to verse 3 to find a reference to walking with God. I checked out this Psalm 119:3 in all English translations on Bible Gateway. The word “walk” appears in 36 of 52 translations; the second most common term is “follow.” (9 times)
1 Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
2 Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
3 They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
When I read these verses, I think about the times when I am not joyful. Sometimes that is because I have suffered a loss such as the death of a friend of family member. When that is the case, I should expect to be sad. But what of other times when I am just down? Perhaps I should first respond by looking at the path I have been walking or following – am I being selfish or disobedient or rebellious? Then I can turn to seek God’s joy by walking in His paths.