Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.” vs. 1Psalm 119:1-8
The psalmist obviously believed that it was possible to walk in the way of the Lord by keeping all of the law’s ordinances and commandments. He says that such persons would be blameless and receive the gift of happiness. While there are few people among us who are concerned about keeping all the precepts of the law, there are those who aspire to blameless living. It really is a worthy goal, and some of us may even have taken a crack at it in the course of our lives. If we have, we may have noticed that there are two possible outcomes for living blamelessly. One is that we will become insufferably self-righteous! We may have noticed such folks in our circle of acquaintances. They’re quick with words of advice and judgment, and carry themselves with a kind of pharisaic arrogance. They’re not much fun to be around! We might even wonder if they’re really happy. The other outcome is daily disappointment in our attempts to live beyond reproach. Honesty compels us to admit that blameless living is impossible, but it needn’t lead to despair. Instead we learn to regularly embrace humility as our daily companion. We know such folks too. They’re a joy to be around, full of compassion and understanding, and in their fellowship we discover the kind of happiness that eludes the arrogant. Blameless living is wonderful, but grace-filled living is even better!
Thought for the Day: What keeps me from blameless living?