Joyful

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)

Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.
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.

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