Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For your name’s sake, O LORD,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Comment: There is in the modern world a strong and sadly increasing tendency to cast God aside as irrelevant and even to consider Him dead. Now life is about self, self-pleasure and self-gratification. Here I see a number of things which David sees as the right way to live.
- God is good – we are sinners.
- Humility (a healthy fearful reverence of God) is the way to approach Him.
- Don’t expect to see God as loving and faithful if you ignore Him. He deals gently with those who keep His covenant.
- Reverential fear of God, leads to teachability and well-being. The initial fear, whilst never to be lost, develops into friendship and blessing. This blessing extends beyond the individual into later generations.
- Steadfastness from our end is stressed, but still there will be times when God ‘rescues’ us from the enemies snare.
Prayer: Thank You that You deal graciously with repentant sinners, O God.