The psalmist prays, “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes” (verse 5). The same God who commands is also the same God who has provided the means and the power to obey his commands, by giving us a heart of flesh. Looking forward to the new covenant, we read “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Paul, speaking of the Spirit of Christ who has been given to the believer, tells us that “the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit” (Romans 8:1-4).
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