“Blessed are the Undefiled in the Way“… Psalm 119:1.
I’ve been studying Psalm 119 lately, partly because it’s the longest chapter in the Bible (having 176 verses) and also because I think it represents the genuine outpouring of a heart that longs for God. Today I read and reread verse 1: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD”. We don’t typically use words like ” defile” anymore in today’s language, so I decided to research it just to make sure I had a good sense of the meaning. I stumbled upon the following:
to violate the chastity of.
to make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.
to sully, as a person’s reputation.” (dictionary.com).
So to be UNDEFILED must be the opposite of that.
Immediately I felt the pangs of conviction. There is a stark contrast that is immediately drawn whenever I read God’s Word and then see alongside it the reality of my own life. I can think of quite a few things that make my life and my character polluted. I can think of one or two ideologies and habits that make me unfit for the Master’s use. Before hopelessness overtook me, I read the second part of the verse:
“…who walk in the law of the LORD”. Hmmmm. That is how they become and remain UNDEFILED. They walk in the law of the LORD. Psalm 19: 7- 11 says :
” The law of the Lord is perfect, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, instructing babes. The ordinances of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is bright, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever and ever: the judgments of the Lord are true, and justified altogether. To be desired more than gold, and much precious stone: sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb. For thy servant keeps to them: in the keeping of them there is great reward.”
The Law of the Lord is found in His Word, the Bible. The more we walk in it, i.e. internalize it and practice it, the more we are cleansed by it, and it becomes part of us. This is how we get the filth and impurity out of what we do and out of who we are. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is the One who enables us to apply what we learn through God’s word. I thank God for that.
My challenge to myself this week( as God continues to spare my life is to practice Psalm 119:1. Care to join me?