“Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.” vs. 1
This is the longest of all the psalms that have come down to us and has been carefully crafted to pay homage to the law and to offer encouragement to those who seek to obey it. The psalmist begins by observing that those whose way is blameless, who walk in the way of the Lord, are blessed…and we would have to agree. Even those of us who live by grace and who struggle with obedience will admit that there are rewards for righteous living. Life is a lot easier when we stay on the straight and narrow and don’t wander off to see where demons dwell. And even Jesus says that the rigors of the law are not relaxed for those who become his followers. If anything it would seem that the standards are even more rigid for disciples. So what do we do when we slip up and lapse into conduct that is worthy of blame…as seems almost inevitable? Well, quite obviously, we’ll feel bad and won’t be very happy…in fact, sin always results in feelings of guilt, both deserved and undeserved. But God doesn’t abandon us in our trespasses…and this is the good news of grace. When we confess our sin God is faithful and just and forgives us…and we are welcomed back into the ranks of the blameless, where we can rediscover the fruits of righteousness…and be happy again.
Thought for the Day: How does it feel to live a blameless life?