TITLE: Progressive development
By David McArdle
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“They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways” [Psalm 119.3 NASB]
We would be absolutely thrilled if God were to say this about us. He most definitely will, when we obey Him.
Some of us are conscious that we do not always exhibit God’s righteousness, as often as we would like. Why is this?
It is as though there are two conflicting powers within us, and then, what people say or do, determines what aspect of our character comes to the surface [Gal. 5.16-17]. Can you identify with this situation?
If so, it is spiritually profitable to remember that God does not entice us with promises of deliverance and then frustrate us. On the contrary, He tells us what is possible and then He reveals how it can be permanently realised in our lives.
In this verse, David is teaching us how to live the resurrection life. He may have used different phrases from Paul, but they both had similar spiritual experiences. The question then is; how can we conduct ourselves, so that we imitate these men of God?
There are three stages in the first three verses of Psalm 119, and they relate to our will, our worship and our walk.
Jesus said, "I have come to do Your will O God" [Heb. 10.7]. The will of Jesus was laid entirely on the altar.
Secondly, Jesus offered to God the worship, which He required and it pleased His heart. “True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth … “ [John 4.23]
Finally, through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have been sanctified and consecrated for holy service. Therefore, the path to freedom and fruitfulness is to serve Him with our whole heart. [David McArdle]
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