אֶשֶׁר

I forgot to blow the dust off here yesterday, so here I am again with a duster and some polish – want to make it nice and shiny for you all.

Since January 2018, I’ve been spending time meditating on one passage or verse of scripture for as long as it takes God to move me on to the next.  It has been glorious, I spent 5 months in Psalm 119 and just yesterday came back to it in my daily readings. One one hand it was like finding an old friend while on the other it was finding that old friend had a whole new set of things to discover. Sometimes I worry I am like the chap in James who looks in the mirror and walks away forgetting what he looks like. Then I remember that God’s word is living and active. I guess I am somewhere in between both those truths.

Anyway, Psalm 119 – oh how I loved those days meditating on the beautiful truths I found in the verses. I have pages and pages of thoughts and revelations and prods and prompts that, I believe, changed me, and continue to change me, in so many ways, ways I am still discovering.

Let’s start with verse 1:

Happy are the people who walk with integrity,
who live according to the teachings of the Eternal.

Psalm 119:1

Happy, some translations say blessed, the Hebrew root is made straight, make progress, set right. I am straightened out because I walk right with God. We long to be happy, the right to the pursuit of happiness is enshrined in some societies very DNA. There’s a problem when we all pursue our own idea of happiness though. What if what makes me happy makes you unhappy?

The psalmist says here that pursuing God’s plan makes me blessed, it makes me a whole and fulfilled. When I live according to the Maker’s design my life falls into place and is complete.

Why should I believe him? What right has he to tell me how to live, what is good, what is true? I guess that’s the same question for the whole of the Bible. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” What right does he have to claim that?

I can’t defend Him in any way except to say that it’s been true in my life. When I try to follow God’s plan, to love Him with all I have and love others as Jesus loved me, I do find a joy that doesn’t come from anything else. A joy, a blessedness, a completeness, a wholeness that I haven’t found in anything or anyone else.

I’ve found a community of people stretching back for thousands of years who have believed and tried to live the same truth. Have they or I been perfect? Nope, we’re human. But do I  continue to pursue that belief despite failing? Yes, because what I have experienced tells me it is the only truth worth spending my life on.

BTW the title is the Hebrew word for blessed – be blessed today!

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