Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 15, 2016

“Make me walk in the path of Your commandments … And I will walk at liberty”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 119:33-48.

“33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.
35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to dishonest gain.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.

41 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord,
Your salvation according to Your word;
42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I wait for Your ordinances.
44 So I will keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings
And shall not be ashamed.
47 I shall delight in Your commandments,
Which I love.
48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes.”  Psalm 119:33-48.


There is a progression in asking for more and more help in Verses 33-35.

First, there is a request for God to teach knowledge:  “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, …”.  Verse 33.

Second, there is a request for God to give understanding:  “Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law …”  Verse 34.

Third, there is a request for God to cause:  “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, …”  Verse 35.

Knowledge of the statutes is insufficient.  Understanding the wisdom and goodness of the law is even insufficient.  The Psalmist knows that he needs God to cause Him to walk in the paths of His commandments.

Other doctrine depends on man to get his own knowledge and understanding of God’s law and then use his own alleged own free-will to obey it.  Just do it!

But, Reformed Doctrine, consistent with this Scripture and other Scripture, depends on God to do everything necessary for one to walk in the path of His commandments.

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:27.

And, we see the language of the “walk” in Galatians 5:16:  “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”

“Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away.  But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.  But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;  but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:12-18.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free;  therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”  Galatians 5:1.

“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:19-21.

And I will walk at liberty, …”  Verse 45.


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