Psalm 119:161-168: Powerful people harass me without cause

Powerful people harass me without cause,
    but my heart trembles only at your word.
162 I rejoice in your word
    like one who discovers a great treasure.
163 I hate and abhor all falsehood,
    but I love your instructions.
164 I will praise you seven times a day
    because all your regulations are just.
165 Those who love your instructions have great peace
    and do not stumble.
166 I long for your rescue, Lord,
    so I have obeyed your commands.
167 I have obeyed your laws,
    for I love them very much.
168 Yes, I obey your commandments and laws
    because you know everything I do.  Psalm 119:161-168

God has given us His word for a reason.  God’s word is not a suggestion and it is not a book full of nice stories.  God’s word is meant to be obeyed by anyone who would call themselves a child of God.  To claim to follow Jesus Christ yet walk in disobedience to God’s word is to live in deception and be eternally lost.

There are many people today who claim to be Christian.  There are many people today who go to church every Sunday and claim to give their heart to Christ.  But the words we speak and the actions of our life are two different things.  If our actions are not aligned with our words, then our words mean absolutely nothing.

I often am amazed that people truly believe they can hide the conduct of their lives from the Living God.  They will claim to have faith but have no visible fruit in their lives as a result of having a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The apostle James even penned the words that faith without works is dead.  Now we are not saved by works, but saving faith for it to be authentic must be accompanied by works and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

If we are truly walking with Christ and we are growing in maturity, we will naturally begin to reflect the character of who Jesus Christ is.  The character of Christ is simply the fruit of the Holy Spirit and this is found in the fifth chapter of Galatians.  To claim to be in Christ yet have none of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is simply to carry a religious title and religious titles don’t save anyone.

Jesus even said in Matthew 7:21-23 that some will say to Him Lord Lord did we not do all these things in your name and He will say to them away from me I never knew you.  The key is knowing Jesus Christ intimately.  There are many who are simply religious just like the Pharisees, but in the end they have no personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  On the outside they may seem pious and holy, but if their heart was to be examined and laid bare it would be far and distant from God.

Daily we are called to examine our lives before the Lord and abide in Him.  His word should be the obsession of our lives.  When His word becomes the priority of our life then our lives will align with His word.  We need to stop playing games with God when it comes to our relationship with Him.  We need to deny ourselves and pick up our cross on a daily basis.  We are called to be disciples and not merely converts.  To truly follow Jesus Christ means to lay down every area of our life for God’s kingdom and the glory of Jesus name.

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