THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 119:49-72
“I have considered my ways and turned my steps to your (wisdom).” (Psalm 119:59)
As I read this Psalm I replace ‘law’ words (decree, statute) with ‘wisdom’.
Behind God’s laws there is a wisdom for life, a better way of living.
This kind of wisdom comes to those who think carefully about their ways.
Do we really consider our ways, our lives, and their consequences?
Too often we do what feels right in the moment, or what makes us feel good.
God’s Spirit urges us to think carefully about how we live.
God’s warnings about sexual immorality, theft, covetousness, deception…
God’s appeals for honesty, humility, generosity, mercy, justice, compassion…
These are not just rules, they are wise ways to live, for the good of all.
Our world is experiencing the consequence of foolish living.
Our priorities, values, attitudes and actions are having bad results.
Wisdom calls for rethinking – the root meaning of repent – how we live.
As Jesus followers we ought to be showing this way of wisdom.
For that to happen, we need the heart and passion of this psalm.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, our world needs Your way and wisdom. You have sent us into the world to show Your way and wisdom. May we passionately love and live Your way and wisdom, as this Psalm suggests.