Walking in Eden (Meditation on Psalm 119:1-3)
Blessed are those whose way is blameless who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart. Who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about the Garden of Eden. My mind wanders off when I start thinking about how beautiful the trees must have been. Why the trees? I’m not quite sure, but something about them just speaks to my soul – they’re majestic, incredible, and beautiful! These weren’t just fields full of freshly planted saplings that God placed in the garden. When God spoke the world into existence, in a matter of days, the Garden of Eden was just there! I can’t help but ask myself, how old would those first created trees appeared to have been if we were there to examine them – 20 years? 50 years? Maybe 1,000 years old? It’s hard to say, but we do know one thing, it was good! Man, was it good! Daydream with me for a moment – just breathe in deeply the sweet smells of God’s perfect garden. Can you see the beautiful flowers, glistening in the sun, and the perfection of the first produced fruits and vegetables ever known to mankind? What about the crystal-clear water of the rivers, with no fear of disease or pestilence keeping you from kneeling down and taking a quick drink directly from the banks? I can almost smell the sweetness of the dew on the grass. Can you see it – the animals of all kinds, roaming side by side and in perfect harmony with man, and even more amazingly, man walking side by side with the God of the universe in perfect holy communion. No veil, no priest, no blood, just perfect communion.
You may be asking by now, what does the Garden of Eden have to do with Psalm 119? Everything! Adam and Eve’s perfect communion with God must have been a sight to behold. Prior to the fall, man lived in perfect communion with God – they walked in His ways! Since the fall, and the first exodus of man from the garden, God’s mercy-filledredemption story has patiently drawn mankind back unto himself. In fact, Ephesians 3:10 takes it a step further to tell us, “through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places.” If this was all a part of God’s plan, then how does this incredible symphonic story resolve? Our current Exodus in this “dry and weary land” will ultimately end in the most beautiful reunion ever conceived and planned before the beginning of time itself. Revelation 19 describes that incredibly precious moment in the future when the marriage supper of the Lamb finally comes. In verses 6-8 we are told that the “great multitude” will be crying out “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure.”
Psalm 119 (and of course, all of God’s Word) is the roadmap of worship that we desperately need for walking, as well as keeping and seeking after God – to ultimately be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure! We’re not in the garden anymore; we’re in an exodus of a dry and weary land where we’re promised persecution, suffering, and even slaughter (Romans 8). If you’re a child of God, then the most powerful and incredible blessing ever given to man has also been granted to you; “there is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (vs. 1). Your earthly body will fail: some by cancer, some by disease, and some by the sword of persecution, but nothing can separate us from God! “God has done for us what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit” (vs. 3-4). Think about the sacrifice, the propitiation, the reconciliation and redemption – having rescued us from the grave. Is His Word not worthy of our full and utmost devotion?
If you study the book of Psalms, you’ll learn quickly that the entire book is an amazing collection of poetic songs (and prophecy!) aimed at bringing the singer and reader to a point of focus, delight and worship in God’s law. To keep His testimonies, to walk in His law, and to seek Him with your whole heart, demands diligence in reading His Word! Do you want to know this God of the universe? Read His word. Two of the most amazing words that we find in all of scripture are in Hebrews 1:1, “God spoke.” The Lord of Hosts has spoken to us! How amazing is that?! Get to know His Word, walk in His law, keep His law, and seek after Him; all for our joy and His glory.
As the Psalmist says, you will be blessed!