This is the first of an ongoing meditation and reflection on the words, message, and promises of Psalm 119
One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 119 - all 176 verses of it! The reason is that Psalm 119 is a love poem to what the psalmist refers to as "the Law." In more common language, "the Law" of Psalm 119 is what we would simply refer to as Scripture. What the psalmist does with Psalm 119 is write a lengthy poem about the benefits and blessings of being rooted and grounded in Scripture - in God's Word.
It's important to read Psalm 119 in the order that it's written. That means that we have to read it always mindful of what has already been said despite the fact that it's been divided up into smaller segments based on the Hebrew alphabet.
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart - they do no wrong but follow his ways.
One of our Core Values is "Biblical rootedness." Very few verses in the Bible sum up the reason why this is our first value better than Ps 119:1-3. To be Biblically rooted is to put yourself completely under the authority of Scripture, not as a form of legalism but as a means of personal blessing (don't miss the fact that a psalm that is seemingly obsessed with "the law" begins with a benediction - a blessing!). We have a promise that whoever places themselves under the authority of God's Word in eery facet of their life will be blessed; such a person will stand before God and be found blameless. This is a person who commits their life to full obedience to God's law (Jesus said "If you love me you will keep my commands" (John 14:15)). They are steadfast, they cannot be put to shame, and perhaps most surprisingly, they "praise [God] with an upright heart"!
Perhaps I'm over-stepping, but this is what I desire not only for myself, but for YOU, too! I want everyone to not just come to church or say that they believe in Jesus, I want every one of us to be blessed through our obedience to the Law.