Psalms 119:4

4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.

Psalms 119:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:4

Thou hast commanded [us] to keep thy precepts diligently.
] Here, and in the following verses, the psalmist expresses his great regard to the precepts, commandments, statutes, and judgments of God; and that as such, because they were commanded by him; were not the precepts of men, but the commands of God; who had a right to command, as Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and King; and whose commands are not to be reckoned as indifferent things, that are at the option and choice of a creature, to be done or let alone at his pleasure; but are what God has enjoined, and are binding upon men; and which love should and does constrain the saints to have a regard unto, and to keep them diligently or vehemently; with all a man's might and strength, as the word is used in ( Deuteronomy 6:5 ) . These are not at any time to be dispensed with, but, to be kept always constantly and steadily.

Psalms 119:4 In-Context

2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him.
3 That's right - you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set.
4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.
5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set;
6 Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel.