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Psalm 119:1-16
Romans 8:28-30
James 1:19-27
Jeremiah 29:8-19
Ephesian 5:25-28

How happy are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk according to the LORD’s instruction!
(Psalm 119:1)

Because of His great love for us, God wants to share His mercy, grace, and kindness with us. (Ephesians 2:4-9) Through Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection, we are cleaned from the stain of sin, redeemed by grace through faith. But if our salvation is unearned, what is our role in pursuing a blameless way?

Psalm 119:1-16  points us toward holy living when we open our Bibles and spend time in God’s presence through prayer and Scripture. By meditating on Scripture, His Word is imprinted on our hearts and minds, teaching us His laws and ways. There, refreshed and nurtured, we abide in His Word. (John 15:4-5, ESV)

We pursue blamelessness when we meet with God daily in prayer and His Word, where He shares His written revelation.
Then, we can choose to “be doers of the word.” (James 1:22)

God’s Word lights our path so we do not stumble in living delighted, holy lives pleasing Him.

As a once-prodigal daughter, I bought into the idea that a defiled life was fun. I wanted to do what was right in my own eyes, not God’s. The world supports an anti-God life, but this kind of life got me into trouble. I am grateful Jesus loved me so much, He brought me home and shows me how to live joyfully in Him, following His ways. 

 So how does a young woman keep her way pure? (Psalm 119:9
By guarding her life with God’s Word and seeking Him with her whole heart, so she does not wander from His commandments. 

To my younger self, I would say “Pray, read, meditate, and study your Bible. Begin now, do not delay learning the Lord’s ways. Seeking your own way outside of Jesus is sinful rebellion leading to destruction.” 

As we become students of Scripture and prayer, God shows us His standard of purity, guides us through its challenges, and reveals His reasons for righteousness and the blessings of holiness. 

Furthermore, He wants to spare us from the bondage of sin. When times get hard, God’s Word, imprinted on our hearts and minds, steers us toward Him, brings us joy (Psalm 119:14), and renews our minds (Romans 12:1-2). God’s Word is a lamp to light our path, clearing away distractions, confusion, and temptations. (Psalm 119:105)

Busyness, social media, and daily worries seek to distract us and steal our peace, rest, and time with God. Instead, let’s throw aside temptation and pursue what we need and long for, God. Our obedience brings blessings. Our delight is in obeying Him. Therefore, pray fervently, knowing only God can keep us blameless.

Approaching my Bible in the morning, I feel the presence of my Abba. (Galatians 4:6) He fills my parched soul with His living water. (John 4:13-14) Jesus draws me into a delightful space where I encounter the grace of Father, Teacher, and Comforter as He shares love, wisdom, joy, and laughter. 

Only God gives true, happy delight. Without Him, we are left empty and unsatisfied. I know I was. But Jesus showed me a better way to live by inviting me into His Word to know Him and sit in His presence as He teaches me the mysteries, knowledge, and law. Here, I found the heart of God, full of all His glorious promises and wisdom. 

Even when distractions clamor for my attention, there is a pocket of peace in my heart when I meet with Him. I sing praises for all He is doing, has done, and will do; even when hard things happen, I can sing, “[N]ever abandon me” (Psalm 119:8), for my heart belongs to You, and I long to be close to You.  

Sisters, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, delighting in His statutes, and forgetting not His Word. (Psalm 119:15-16) Let’s make space in our day for prayer and Scripture, studying, meditating on, and applying it. Let’s seek Him with our whole hearts, praising Him and sharing Him, telling of His wonderful works. When sin tries to entrap us again, we will have God’s Word imprinted on our hearts, keeping us free in Jesus Christ. 

Delight joyfully in His presence! Pour your heart out to Jesus because we depend entirely on Him for our breath, heartbeat, and hope.

Blessed ones, run to the Father because in His presence is the holy ground where we live a joyful life.

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Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson
10 months ago

I loved this. The phrase “our delight is in obeying Him” stood out to me because the verse Psalms 37:4 has always been one of my favorites. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Maybe you summed that verse up. Living a life of obedience to Him would truly be giving us our hearts’s desire.

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