The more we know God, the better equipped we are to authentically praise Him no matter what our circumstances may be.
Life is hard sometimes. Life is challenging most of the time. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 disrupted the whirlwind we reaped by sowing the wind of competition the last 90 years or so. We have learned that bigger is not better and more is never enough. It’s true of our culture and it’s true of our churches, and if we’re honest, it’s been true of our hearts. We have sought after blessing through our own wills and works.
This psalm is a reminder of what is truly important: knowing God by seeking Him wholeheartedly. We know God by fixing our eyes on His commandments, because that is where He reveals His holiness and sovereignty and power.
Jesus came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17; John 3:16-21) because we are incapable of perfectly keeping God’s commandments. In Jesus we can praise God with an upright heart every day, especially in hard times. We can be blameless and steadfast as we draw near to the Creator and Sustainer of all things in all things.
In an uncertain world like the one in which we find ourselves, it is a comfort to know that we can endure by steadfastly drawing near to God, walking in His way with our whole hearts.