Keep His Precepts Diligently

Thou has commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

Psalm 119:4

The one word that struck me in the verse is “diligently”.  We all know that we are supposed to be “keeping His precepts”.  We all know that we are supposed to be doing what the Lord wants us to do.  We all know that we are supposed to be obeying Him.  But we are supposed to be doing all those things “diligently”. 

Doing anything with diligence requires a consistent, focused effort.  In fact, that is what diligence means- a consistent, focused effort.  We are not going to keep His precepts by accident.  We are not going to obey Him and follow Him by accident.  It is going to take focus and concentration.  It is going to take will and desire.  We are not going to be able to follow His precepts one day and not the next; or even one year and then allow ourselves to take a day off from following Him.  We are going to have to do it “diligently”.  We are going to have to obey His precepts every single day, on purpose.  So let’s do it.

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