1 Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Happy are those who keep his decrees,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways.
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently. [NRSV]
What a way to start… Right off, we are clearly expected to embrace a very counter-cultural position as fact. While it is easy to identify with the 4th verse (God as authoritarian), the first 3 verses just don’t seem to jive with the reality I see from day to day. I know that I identify more with the sentiment, “…. that’s what you get for trying to do the right thing.”
I try to live my life to be blameless. I try to live my life to keep Christ’s decree to love my neighbor as myself. I try to do no wrong. But I fail miserably.
The first 4 verses seem to be more of a condemnation than one of hope…. but I have read ahead and I believe I know where this is all going.