Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-16
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Undefiled—pure, sincere, integrity, no hypocrisy. Walk—live according to.
Seek Him—knowledge of Him in order to conform to His way.
No iniquity—going God’s way will never lead you into sin—wickedness, unrigheousness.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Keep—guard, observe, preserve, treasure. Diligently—with power, might, exceedingly.
Directed—established, prepared, ready.
Respect—affectionate study and practice. Learned—taught, trained, become expert in.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Cleanse—purify, be clear, innocent. Taking heed—to obey, to do what is commanded.
Hid—lay up as treasure, to hoard with protection.
Matthew 15:19--For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;23 Then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
Lay up—put in store house for use later. Heart/soul—you inner being, so much a part of you that they define your very life.
--not just rote memory. Not just words preached at your kids, but the outflow of life itself.
--Covenant promises come to those who walk by the covenant. Our promises re different, but the principle still applies.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Rule—act as umpire, when other emotions come in, peace overrules them, to prevail.
Dwell—not a temporary visit, but a steady residence. Richly—abundantly, copious.
James 1:21—the engrafted word
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Heartily—from your very being, from the true center of who you are. back to “singleness of heart” in vs. 22.
Reward of inheritance—covenant promises.