Delighting in Direction

(Psalm 119:33-37) Our culture embraces fierce independence and the entrepreneurial lifestyle. This Psalm shows how being directed by God is a beautiful thing.

a year ago   •   1 min read

By Jordan Hopkins
  • Psalm 119 may sound repetitive by talking about God’s commands and delighting in them verse-after-verse, but reading it aloud helps to hear the beauty of the poem: it builds like the chorus of a song. ?
  • As you read, note how the writer starts each sentence…

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:33-37 (NIV)

The psalmist finds their delight in being directed by God. But, does our society like being directed by anything?

Though we may fear rejection—or at least looking crazy—for following God, a quick rereading of today’s scripture should give you confidence.

If we’re going at this whole life thing alone, it will be hard to delight in God’s ways. The good news is the Bible sets a precedence for us to call out to Him to direct our paths even when we feel lost.

In the end, His words are life.

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