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Psalm 119:1-8 August 8, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Law/Gospel, Psalms, Scripture.
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Psalm 119 (English Standard Version)

Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet

Aleph

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!

What a great comfort to know that we are counted blameless through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. How thankful we should also be that we can learn God’s righteous rules as he has given them to us in his word.

Our blessing is through Christ and part of our praise to him is through our attempted keeping of his statutes.

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1. kazooless - August 8, 2008

Just to add to the wonderful sentiments here, Paul teaches us that in Christ we have been redeemed from the curse of the law and we are no longer slaves to sin (want of conformity or transgression of THE LAW). So, being renewed in spirit, walking in the Spirit, we ourselves fulfill the law. His sacrifice for us enables us to walk righteously (although not perfectly until glory). And as the psalmist says, we are blessed by being law-walkers. It is a blessed thing for those that walk according to the law. This statement even in the Older Testament had nothing to do with “earning a blessing if you do these things.”

Praise Him,

kazoo

2. heldveld - August 11, 2008

“So, being renewed in spirit, walking in the Spirit, we ourselves fulfill the law. His sacrifice for us enables us to walk righteously (although not perfectly until glory).”

Could you explain this part in more detail? I’m not sure if I agree, but maybe I’m misreading. I would say that we don’t fulfill the law, but are covered by Christ’s fulfillment (imputed righteousness). Only in him are we seen as blameless.

Thanks again for the comment.


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