Meditations on Psalm 119:59-60

When I think on my ways I turn my feet to your testimonies. I hasten and do not delay to keep Your commandments.

Dragging my feet, I'm a procrastinator, I'll start it next Monday, That's my next New Year Resolution..

When was the last time you made time with God to take inventory - time to take a serious look at your life and practices? Our culture encourages us to over commit to "outside stuff". Our prayer life tends to get condensed or eliminated all together if we are not deliberate in scheduling our time.

The Psalmist seems to see this sort of assessment as an everyday assignment. Isaiah 50:4 backs up this point of view. "Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Each morning I should be pitching my tent in the backyard of God's Word and using that Word as a measuring rod for how I behave. When I spend time abiding in God's Word His Holy Spirit wakes up my understanding of His will. As our relationship deepens and my love for Him grows, so does my desire to please Him. With that I turn my feet to His testimonies. I make a conscious decision to walk toward the God that I love and away from pleasing my flesh. 

The psalmist makes one more comment in these two verses. He will hasten and will not delay to keep the commands God has revealed to him. Not next year, not next week, not even tomorrow. He chooses to be obedient to his LORD right now!

The Hebrew word here is chuwsh: to hurry, to be eager with excitement or enjoyment.

In Hebrews 11:8 & 17 Abraham is an example of this type of hastening or hurry up obedience. God calls Abe to some difficult things, leaving his home and family and then to sacrifice. Abraham never drags his feet. He immediately answers when God calls, goes where God leads, and does what God asks. You can read more about Abraham's obedience in Genesis 12:1-4 and Genesis 22:1-3.

So today take some time to look into the mirror of Christ, examine your ways and when God opens your understanding, walk toward who you love, to Jesus, not out of duty but for your joy to be full.

Kaylene Hooper

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