I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Here is a very interesting verse. What I love about the bible is you can meditate on one verse for a very long time and get so much out of it. This is a very small verse but it has so much meaning. If we just glance over it we can miss the importance of it. If we do not look at it through the covering of Jesus Christ and His Grace we can miss so much. From discussion I have had with other Christians, I learned that most gloss over things like this and say it is old testament. It may be old testament but we will see how the principle of it can transfer to the new testament and still impact our lives through the Power of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
- In verse 7 we learned that we will praise God with an upright heart, when we learn His ways. Now in this verse we can see that after David learned the ways of God he resolved in his heart to keep them. We as Christians in the new testament still have to have the same resolve. Yes we do it not to get saved, not to attain favor with God, but because we love Him and have a desire to follow His ways. There are some that think we do not have to make a choice to be obedient to God. Their reasoning for this idea comes from a misguided thought that we are saved by grace, therefore they have no effort on their part and God will do all the changing. They can just live how they want and it is up to God. This is a lie from satan himself. we as Christians must follow God’s commands, and it is the person doing it. Yes God helps in our struggles, and picks us up when we fail, but it is God who puts us back on track so we may walk again. Look at these verse.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
- We need to work, it is us who is doing the working, our choice. As David said ” I will keep”, and we should say the same thing, “I will obey”. When we make that choice we apply scripture to our lives, repent where we need to repent and change where we need to change. But the most awesome part of this scripture is the next line. FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE. Even though we make the choice to keep His commandments it is still Him who works in us and through us. That is just so amazing. He commands us to work, to obey to change, but as we make those choices he is working in us to accomplish what His word says. This is why we must be doers of the word and not just hearers. We make the choice to DO, and then God works in us as we do the word.
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
- Paul is making the choice to STRIVE according to His work. We must do the same thing, and again we see when we do, it is God working in us. But we have to do the striving, the doing, and God does the rest in us.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
- We are to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith, but we are to STRIVE against sin. We must do it, not God for us. We are to obey God, we are to read the bible, we are to take up the word of God and use it as a mirror to our lives. When we see we have failed we repent and strive to do what the bible says, what is good and acceptable to God. When we do this He works in us to change. The word of God is Sharp, it cuts, it shapes us. But we must do the works of reading it, of studying it, of praying, of seeking God.
Now the second half David said ” O’ forsake me not utterly”. This sounds like David was afraid, and rightly so. The bible says this:
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
- We need to fear the Lord. I hear many people try to reason saying that the bible does not mean we are to fear the Lord but to reverence the Lord. I disagree. We need to fear God. Fear is not a evil emotion. If it was an evil emotion God would be sinful to give it to us. Fear is a healthy emotion. The devil just perverts it like any emotion, jealousy, love, ect. Fear of the Lord is used thirty times in the KJV bible. And with each verse brings wisdom. I encourage you the reader to study it for yourself. You will be well rewarded.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
- By fearing God we become wise, and we do His will. A good example of this healthy fear is as follows. Say you have a million dollars. You have to deliver this million dollars to a bank. You have two choices. You can take the long route that goes up hills and lots of turns that will take work to go, but on this path there is always light and a police officer at every corner. Your safety is guaranteed. Or you can take a second path which is shorter and a straight line to the bank, but it goes through a dark alley infested with gangs. As you start down this path, fear of being robbed will kick in and this healthy fear will put you back on the path of safety.
- As it is with God. If you have a healthy fear of God, not a perverted devilish fear, but a health God given fear of the Lord, if you start down the path of sin, the fear will bring wisdom to you, and place you back on the path of holiness.
Do not just read my blog, but please study for yourself, and be doers of the word. Please comment and discuss the word of God with others and myself. Have a great day, and remember, go and Serve our King!