Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart-Psalm 119:2
“Blessed are those who”… who what? Those who keep His statutes. The definitions for the word “keep” are: fulfill, preserve, maintain, tend (as tending a garden) and support. These definitions sound more protective of God’s statutes (or laws) than a mandatory obligation; having loving regard for His law in place of fearing the results of disobedience.
After careful consideration, your reason for following God’s law results FROM a relationship opposed to a means TO a relationship. Because you are seeking something more in-depth than a head knowledge of God, and seeking His will with all your heart, He promised you would find Him ready to receive you as His own. Jeremiah 29:13
This intimate relationship of knowing and loving Jesus allows obedience to no longer be grievous, but a delight. You don’t fight against God, but lay down your arms because of your devotion and harmony with God.
So, as you focus on your relationship with Him and not on performance, it changes you from a rebellious slave to a child of the King. From someone who lives apart from Jesus to a close confidant of His. Now that’s what I call blessed!
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life.
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,