NIV Psalm 119.30

Verse Psalm 119.30

30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

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The Psalm aims at expressing the faithfulness of the author towards God's statutes and commands. It is interesting to note the confidence with which the author demonstrates his righteousness. One might misinterpret the verse to mean that the author is being proud and boastful towards his achievements. Yet, he aims at declaring what God has achieved through his inner strength. The act of choosing what is righteous and pleasing to God seems to be originating from the author himself or herself. Ultimately, however, the author's habitual trustworthiness comes from God's grace which initiates the goodwill in his faithful.

As used in this verse, faithfulness is synonymous with righteousness, namely, that which is in keeping with God's will. In other words, the verse indicates that the author remains loyal to the commands of the Lord and obeyed them. Observing the laws of the Lord is a source of peace and prosperity. Seemingly, this has so far been the desire of the author. There is no wonder, therefore, that he makes this declaration as someone who has already attained his or her goal, namely his or her desire to be pleasing to the Lord.

The faithfulness that is stressed here is further made concrete in the words that follow. Namely, he has set his heart on God's commands and statutes. The concrete manifestation of the act of faithfulness is above all to live according to the will of God. This means that if one cannot keep God's laws one can be automatically be termed as unfaithful. Hence, faithfulness to God consists of concretely fulfilling divine laws and statutes.

As used in this Psalm, faithfulness is synonymous with the word holiness. God wills that every human being come to the knowledge of truth and be saved (2 Tim 2:4). Every human being is called to faithfulness or holy in his heart, mind and deeds. We are invited to be holy because he who created us and saved us is a holy God. He is a faithful God who never rejoices over the death of his chosen one. Therefore, one could say that faithfulness is a vocation or a call.

Indeed, it is often said that we are called to be successful in becoming faithful. This universal call to holiness is a project that we are supposed to respond to all life through. The Psalmist invites us to posses similar confidence by keeping the divine laws. Modern loss of faith and trust in God and total disregard for his laws and decrees finds its remedy in this Psalm. One should not live in false pretense or pharisaic manic by declaring false righteousness upon himself, but one should with confidence and consistency strive to live out the laws of God. False righteousness is a misleading self-perception and has to be avoided at any cost.

Keeping God's laws bring blessings, peace, and inner joy. It goes without saying also that unfaithfulness his commands bring misery, lack of happiness, and depression. There is no time that one can take leave from this life long Christian vocation. Faithless is primarily God's gift. We only have to appropriate it and live according to its demands. Even the grace to receive it and live it is itself a gift of God's grace. Therefore, one can say that the ability to keep the laws of God is a gift from God himself.

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