“Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” Psalms 119:80
I am typing this post as I sit in a small laundromat (see pic above) located a couple of buildings away from our apartment here in Pensacola. I am squinting my eyes because the Florida sun is shining directly through the window behind me causing a glare on my iPad screen. I really should take some tylenol soon because this is a migraine waiting to happen.
There is a young Spanish man about 5 machines down talking loudly on his cell phone while the washers and dryers grumble and whirl. I’m hot, my hair is sticking to the back of my neck and I still have to fold in this 90 degree heat. My life is just about as awesome as it gets right now.
Oh wait, the Spanish dude just sneezed all over everything and the fan blew it this way. There. Now my day is completely magnificent.
If this were a one time thing, anyone could handle it and not be a baby, but to be honest, my life is filled with hot laundromats, germs and unpleasant situations. Usually it is taking place in South America, but it’s all the same in the end. And it is how I respond that will determine if I will represent the Lord in a right manner as we look at today’s verse.
The psalmist is asking God to help him be “sound” in the Word. That word means “entire, perfect, sincere”. Here he has been through the wringer in life and he looks towards what God has taught and he wants to make sure he is understanding it and obeying it and teaching it correctly. He doesn’t want to be ashamed.
The writer may not have been sitting in a hot laundromat like me, but he may very well have been dealing with something that caused him to consider how he was interpreting God’s statutes. Whatever the case may be, he did what was correct and he asked God for help.
Listen, life is going to happen all around us, all day long. We have to sweep floors, clean toilets, manage businesses, put gas in the car, figure out dinner, etc. All of those “things” can take up all the space in our head if we are not careful. We will become so laden down with the normal day to day tasks, we will rush through a Scripture or quickly listen to a sermon without really digesting what is being said and we will miss out on something God is trying to teach us or simply share with us.
God sees the big picture and He knows what is in store for us down the road, so He, in all His infinite wisdom, will begin preparing us through His Word so we can wisely walk through the next part of our life.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to mishandle God’s Word and take something completely out of context and miss the REAL Truth? The psalmist thought so. And beyond that, he was inspired to pen these words in verse 80! That is what truly amazes me.
When we are praying and walking in the Light as He is in the light (I John 1:7) then we will be “sound” in the Word. We will understand It’s truth and properly conduct ourselves for His glory.
We need God’s help. Wouldn’t you agree? So why not ask Him to help us be sound in His Law instead of haphazardly wielding it around like we don’t care?
[For further study, read Titus 2. Pay attention to the word “sound” and what it refers to as well. We need to be careful in our study. It is for our own good and those whom we influence by our testimonies.]
Dwell in God, read His Word and ask Him to help you understand it (Even if you have to study It while folding hot clothes in a hot dingy little room while getting sneezed on!)
Until Next Time, Lord willing,