Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Dear Emily & Ethan:
I am finishing up my morning time of mediation and Bible study, and I wanted to share several of my favorite passages with you..
Everyone is looking for happiness today. In Ps. 119:56, the Psalmist has the answer: “This is my happy way of life: obeying your commandments.” In fact, the Psalms are full of passages that describe such happiness: “Happy are those who obey His decrees and search for Him with all their hearts. (Ps. 119:2). “Happy are those who fear the Lord. Yes, happy are those who delight in doing what He commands.” (Ps. 112:1)
All of us want God’s blessings, but few are willing to do what needs to be done to experience these blessings: “Lord, you are mine! I promise to obey your words! With all my heart I want your blessings.” (Ps. 119 57-58)
And then further in this passage, I find this advice very helpful and have faced the consequences at times earlier in my life when avoided…and have always found blessing and victory when heeded: “I will hurry, WITHOUT LINGERING, to obey your commands. Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your law.” The “without lingering” is so critical and requires a conscious choice. Never hesitate to obey and you will be blessed….just do what is right! In fact, Ps. 119:32 says we should “run” to follow God’s commands. Good advice.
Yes, obedience requires a conscious decision and determination on our part…it doesn’t just happen. Several of my favorite passages are: “Stand by to help me(Lord), for I have CHOSEN to follow your commandments.” (Ps. 119:173) “I have CHOSEN to be faithful; I have DETERMINED to live by your laws. I CLING to your decrees….I will RUN to follow your commands.” (Ps. 119:30-32).
As you can see, I think Ps. 119 is one of the key chapters in all the Bible, as it gives such good advice on how to have a happy and successful life.
Have a great day…