Wrong Paths

This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

121 I have done what is righteous and just;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
looking for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.
127 Because I love your commands
more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
I hate every wrong path. Psalm 119:121-128

Earlier in this psalm, we discussed what it means to have a light guiding our path in verse 105: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

That’s half of the story. The other half is verse 128: and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. The psalmist told us that because he’s studied the Word of God, he knew which path to take and which to avoid. In fact, he went a step further to “hate every wrong path.”

You see, we know that wrong paths surround us. It’s a conscious choice we make to go on the right path, which means we consciously avoid those that are wrong. I know it seems like it’s splitting hairs, as they say, but the point is this: without the word of God in our lives to direct and lead us, we are destined to choose wrong paths. The wrong paths are all around us, and the lamp-lit narrow path is narrow indeed.

It’s tempting to want to get off the good path, to explore and go on wrong paths, but it’s so dangerous.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Continue on paths that are illuminated by the Word of God. They are safe, sure, and will lead to good destinations.

One response to “Wrong Paths”

  1. imagine how hopeless life would be if knew of all the wrong paths but did know which paths we should choose – good words!

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