“I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you.” Psalm 119.168
Yesterday’s post looked at the testimony of the psalmist’s inner man. He professed to love the Lord from the very depths of his soul. Out of that flows this verse and the testimony of his life. Here, he professes his obedience to the Word of God. He has kept God’s precepts and testimonies.
Notice that he doesn’t appeal for the confirmation of other men. Rather, he points out that all of his ways are before the Lord. You see, man is easy to fool. Our standard of right is flawed. Our thinking is flawed. It’s easy to convince man—even ourselves—that we are good, righteous, or justified. But, there is no fooling God.
The poet knows the love of his soul; he knows that he has kept God’s precepts; and he trusts the evaluation of God to review his testimony.
Friend, do you share the love and testimony that the psalmist has displayed in this pair of verses? Are you confident, with a clear conscience, of God’s evaluation of your thinking, affections, and actions? What is the testimony of your inner man and outward life?
Precious Lord, we praise you for your goodness. Help us, dear Father, to love your law, to love your precepts, to love your testimonies. May everything we think, love, and do bring glory to your great name. Amen.