GOD HEARS THE PRAYERS AND PRAISES OF THE UPRIGHT
Teach Me Thy Statutes
"Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes." Psalm 119:12
When we learn his statutes, we praise God with uprightness of heart. (His statutes teach us how to obey the law of the covenant; The Ten Commandments.)
God hears the prayers and praises of the upright. On the other hand, the prayers of a willfully disobedient person are an abomination to God --because they are only hypocritical lip-service.
"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." Proverbs 28:9
Praising God cannot be separated from the condition of a sincere heart that is committed to continually obey Him. That is genuine faith.
Psalm 119:1 teaches us that blessings are for the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord:
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD."
"Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, [The Ten Commandments] and that seek him with the whole heart."
"They also do no iniquity [sinneth not]: they walk in his ways."
"Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently."
Precepts: a mandate of God.
"O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!"
"Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments."
"I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments."
Judgments: a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) based on divine law.
"I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly."
When our heavenly Father has given us the gifts of faith and repentance, we must commit ourselves to obey Him with all of our heart. Through faith, we look to the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of all the sins of our past:
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" Romans 3:25
The Ten Commandments is a spiritual law that defines our duty to God. The Holy Spirit teaches us God's statutes. When we come to understand that we are disobeying a commandment, in some way, we confess our sin and forsake our disobedience. That was a "sin of ignorance", an error, that can be forgiven. We are forgiven because "we are walking in the light."; We are walking in all the understanding that we have about our duty to God.
Through faith, we must also look to the sacrifice of Jesus for sins of ignorance:
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7
After a person has truly and fully repented, he is born-again. The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us the power to choose to obey God. We bear the responsibility for the choices that we make. A rebellious Christian will be rejected on judgment day. He will surely die the second death.
Harold and Donna Kupp