4 Reflections for Mental Health from Psalm 119

When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
— Psalm 119:59-60

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible.  Many truths are found therein. For a moment, take a look at verses 59 & 60.  Two thoughts come out of each of these verses.

From verse 59, "I thought about my ways."

1) How often do we think about our ways?  We spend so much time judging other people that we don’t have enough time to judge ourselves.  Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself...it is not in man to direct his own steps.  We need to examine ourselves long before we examine others.

 From verse 59, "And turned my feet to Your testimonies."

2) Have you repented of your sins lately? To turn means to change directions.  It is Bible repentance.  Turning in the direction God wants us to go.  We are reminded again of Psalm 119:105  The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

From verse 60, "I made haste, and did not delay." 

3) How often do we say we are going to do something but never do it?  How many times have we said, “Some day I’ll really commit my life to Christ?”  “Someday I’ll start reading my Bible.”  “Someday I’ll stop a bad habit.”  Someday is not on our monthly calendar.  Paul quoted from Isaiah in II Corinthians 6:2...In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.  Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

From verse 60, "to keep Your commandments." 

4) Are we keeping his commandments? In the sermon on the mount Jesus said, Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Matthew 7:21  And to His disciples Jesus simply said, If you love me keep my commandments.  John 14:15  Do we know what His commandments are?  Are we keeping them?

Jim Davis