Blessed Are the Blameless
April 20, 2008
INTRODUCTION; The Psalmist begins by observing those who are blessed. He concludes that happiness is possible, and identifies those who are happy, or blessed. In the concluding section he is taking certain measures to insure that he is among the blessed.
In the first three verses, the challenge is addressed to the reader. Beginning with v.4, the message is addressed to the Lord. It is though the writer is observing victory in the life of another.
The first three verses are in the third person plural and
concerns the observation of others. Then, beginning with v.4, he moves to the first person singular and speaks of his own personal desires and struggles.
You will find over and over again the truth that blessedness is the result of a correct heart attitude toward God's Word.
Ps 119:1-3 expresses the goal, while the rest of this passage details the answer.
Here are the ABC's of how to use God's Word.
I. THE FULLY DEVOTED BELIEVER. 1-3
A. UNDEFILED. 1
Means blameless; those who have integrity. Integrity is the opposite of duplicity and hypocrisy, which is the pretense to be something we are not.
"undefiled" - would describe one who is walking in all areas of their life in the Lord's way. The writings of Job, in Job 1:1, uses this word:
"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil."
"blameless" – Hebrew (TAM); means complete and is the equivalent of the Greek (TELEIOS) used in James 1:4
"But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
"complete" – it does not imply sinless perfection, but rather a lifestyle (way) that is, in each area, growingly conforming to God's Word.
"the law of the Lord" – the instructions He has given to mankind
Word is plural; it means happy, literally "Happy! ...
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