Psalm 119: Wide Places

I started following along with Christ Church Ladies’ Fellowship’s Bible Reading Challenge.

Today’s reading was from Psalm 119.

Two themes stood out to me:

  1. Shame – Since I’m currently working my way through Edward T. Welch’s Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest in attempts to deal with my own fear and worry, this word stuck out to me immediately while reading Psalm 119.

    Psalm 119:5-6 (ESV)

    Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
    Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

    Psalm 119:80 (ESV)

    May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    that I may not be put to shame!

    And in other verses as well. Shame comes from breaking God’s commandments. There is no reason that we should feel shame when we are living within His law. Embarrassment at miscommunications or incidents, sure. But not shame.

  2. Wide places – Okay, so that phrase only appears once. But the theme of walking and God’s path is throughout the Psalm.

    Psalm 119:44-45 (ESV)

    I will keep your law continually,
    forever and ever,
    and I shall walk in a wide place,
    for I have sought your precepts.

    In this verse I imagine walking in God’s law as being a place of great freedom. There’s no shame there, there’s no fear. It’s not a constrictive thing; it doesn’t bend you into a lifeless, soulless thing. It’s the only freedom there is. There we walk in the path of what we should truly be (God’s image); there we draw life directly from the Life-Giver.