Sanctifying Obedience

“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying Your decrees!” -Psalm 119:5

Verses 5 and 6 in Psalm 119 are an interjected prayer of lament because the psalmist knows too well his sinful nature. He cannot perfectly keep the law. To be steadfast in obeying the Lord means to be immovable, unshakable, and constant. Yet we are fickle, finite creatures overcome with fear, worry, and the cares of this world. I once heard the Christian life compared to a life-long practice of who we will be in Heaven someday. This is our training ground. So what are you practicing today? Is it contentment, self-control, taking captive prideful thoughts, harnessing a gossiping tongue? If you and I run into another breathing soul today it is likely we will have practice in our sanctification. Am I learning to bear with others in love? To be quick to forgive, slow to anger? There are many times I have not practiced well which is why I need the Lord’s help every day.

We echo the psalmist’s lament in our own strength, yet have hope in Jesus our Mediator, High Priest and Friend. He will continue to intercede for us when we fail. Our Lord guides the tenderhearted, strengthening His lambs according to His Word.

Grace upon grace,


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