True Christian Piety

piety

How blessed are those whose way is blameless [Lit complete; or having integrity],
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
You have ordained [ Lit commanded ] Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.
Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon [ Lit to ]all Your commandments.
I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!
– Psalm 119:1-8

These eight verses teach that true piety is sincere, consistent, practical, hearty, intelligent, earnest, active, stirring, diligent, humble, distrustful of itself, systematical, guileless, unspotted from the world, self-renouncing, confident in God, delighting in thankfulness, fully purposed to keep the law, and as ready to confess that without divine grace, it can do nothing.

They also teach us how great is the sin of not believing God’s Word.

As it is a law, the faithless refuse to walk by it;

  • as it is a testimony, they refuse to seek it;
  • as it gives precepts, they will not obey them;
  • as it ordains statutes, they rebel against them;
  • as it has excellent commandments, they stand out in opposition to them;
  • as it abounds with righteous judgments, they refuse to stand by them.

They will not pray for grace; they will not praise God for mercies received; they do not feel their dependence or impotence, and they never look to the Father of lights from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift.

– William S. Plumer, 1880