Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
This week’s devotions have borrowed the language from the Deuteronomy text that offers abundant life to the people as a choice. “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life.” And this is true; living the abundant life God offers is a choice that takes mercy, wisdom, honesty, grace, and love.
But the abundant life that God offers is also a gift, a source of happiness, an unexpected blessing. Think of the prodigal son returning home; he did not choice the abundant life but instead choose his own destruction. Yet the loving father welcomes him, rejoices with him, and offers life again. Our choices in life matter – but abundant life is a gift from a loving God that is offered to us freely. Receive this good news in the very core of your being.
God, thank you for offering us abundant and eternal life. Help us to accept this gift of abundant life and live for your glory and the good of our neighbor.