October 21, 2006

keeping the testimonies


My soul has kept Your testimonies,
And I greatly love them.

Psalm 119:167 (Jay Adams Translation)


I finally finished the book, Counsel from Psalm 119 by Jay Adams. I set about reading this book quite awhile ago. Each time that I set about reading it, I made sure that I only read a verse each day. I had several interludes where I set the book aside, but I kept coming back to it, and now I have completed it.

Regardless of Jay Adams, Psalm 119 is now one of my favorite passages. I have decided to go back to the beginning and re-read through the Psalm, covering one section each day, giving me a different perspective of this passage.

I think that the verse that I have posted here explains much of why I love this passage. It is not about pride and it is most assuredly not about perfection, but without hesitation, I (along with so many others) can echo the words of this verse. This is the path of true Christianity. It may be the road less traveled, but it is God's road, and the disciples of Christ are following the master's footprints down this path. He cleared the way for us, now we are following, living and walking the way He did.

It may seem hard from time to time, but we Love it! At first it wasn't because of the path itself, we loved the end. We loved where the path headed, and that was all we needed. Eventually though, we begin to see God working in the path itself. We see His hand, turning every bump, every ditch, into a way to increase our abilities on this path and to bring us to the end of the path even quicker.

Counsel from Psalm 119
by Jay Adams