“I will praise You with an upright heart as I learn Your righteous laws.” -Psalm 119:7
The psalmist pivots to a heart of praise in verse seven. This posture of worship pleases the Lord. The psalmist has just meditated on God’s mercy in light of his sin and inability to save himself. What is his response? As the Holy Spirit continues to teach him the depth of God’s wisdom, the psalmist explodes in gratitude with praise. He would likely echo Paul’s doxology in Romans, written hundreds of years later:
“Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 11:33-12:1)
God has given us His Holy Word to learn His righteous laws, recognize our need for the Savior, and come to Jesus. The soul which leans on the work of Jesus, abiding in His Spirit for holy living becomes a precious offering before the Throne of Grace.
Grace upon grace,