“I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.” Psalm 119:30 (NKJV)
Besides being the longest chapter in the bible, Psalm 119 is a beautiful psalm divided up according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It is meant to be a work of art as well as God’s edifying and comforting Word. Some great people have memorized this whole Psalm and found great blessing in doing so – among them are John Ruskin (19th century British writer), William Wilberforce (19th century British politician), Henry Martyn (19th century pioneer missionary to India), and David Livingstone (19th century missionary to Africa). Luther once professed that he prized this Psalm so highly, that he would not take the whole world in exchange for one leaf of it.
Our focus will be on verses 30-32 which fall into the “Daleth” section from verses 25-32. In this section we have the Word of God speaking to the psalmist’s inner thoughts. The psalmist ends the section by describing three actions that both prescribe and describe his walk in holiness. He says in verse 30, “I have chosen the way of truth. Your judgments I have laid before me.” This is an intentional decision regarding where he is going to find direction. In verse 31, we see the psalmist clinging to God’s testimonies. This is the answer to verse 25, “my soul clings to the dust.” The way you get out of the dust is to cling to the testimonies of the Lord. In verse 32, the psalmist runs the course of his commandments. Does this bring to mind the “race” passages in the New Testament? (Read Philippians 3:12-14, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Hebrews 12:1-2)
Of course we need to remember what Jesus says in John 15:5 (apart from me you can do nothing). The psalmist says that he will run the course of God’s commandments, when you enlarge my heart. This can also be translated, “for you enlarge my heart.” The point is that the psalmist looks to God’s power and God’s grace and God’s enabling; when his heart is enlarged, then he can run the course.
Question: What would your heart be like if God enlarged it? Do you want to have increased capacity for God? Do you want to have more light shine through to illuminate the blessings and promises of God? The better we know Him, the better we can run the course of His commandments.
The psalmist’s conclusion to his many troubles is to intentionally choose the way of truth, faithfully cling to the testimonies, and zealously purpose in his heart to run the course set before him. And this is only done as the Lord enlarges his heart. Let’s pray this for ourselves, our families, and our church family!
Read Ephesians 1:15-23 for a good New Testament application of our psalmist’s prayer. Paul prays that the church in Ephesus will get the knowledge of God in a more profound way than they ever had it before. There is great power and greatness towards us! This is not just theoretical power, but the power that brought us from death to life, working in us now to sanctify us. This is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand in heavenly places.