Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Ways and God's Statutes

Psalm 119:26
By Ronnie W. Wolfe

"I have declared my ways" indicates a true, personal confession. My ways are not God's ways, and this is the first thing that a person must realize before he will come to Christ for salvation. He must realize that he is not worthy in himself to receive anything from God. It is only by God's grace that a person is saved.

Declaring our own ways is difficult even to other people, but especially to God. God already knows everything about us, so he knows when we are making a true confession. We are bound by his very attributes to tell God the truth. Truth is hard to confess when it is about your most inward self and the sins that so hardly and so easily beset us.

The benefit of confessing to God is that he will always hear that true confession. When we tell God the truth, we are actually agreeing with God that we are truly sinners, depraved, undone, and unworthy. This God must agree to, or he would deny himself.

Now, after true confession, the next step is to ask God to teach us his word, his commandments, his statutes. They are true.

We read in Psalms 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.  When we truly confess to God, we are actually asking him to show us his statutes, which are far from our own.
God says in Ezekiel 18:29 ... O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal? 

God's word is the container of his statutes. Let us learn his ways, since they are far above our own ways, more blessed, more abundant, and more precious.
Salvation is of the Lord, Jonah 2:9.

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