“Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.” (133)
It’s good to consider how these two things can be connected. Being grounded on a foundation of the word doesn’t make you immune to sin, but perhaps it does disarm sin of some power.
Without a foundation of truth, things very easily define themselves and our enemy accuser wants to define sin for us. He wants it to be all-consuming, tantalizing, and then enslaving, disqualifying and shame inducing.
In this case, we’re talking about iniquity, which the Internet dictionary defines as: Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
So yeah, I think a meditation, understanding, saturation in the Word could naturally lend to a side-stepping of iniquity. The Law helps us to understand justice: what it is, what it looks like, its beauty. Loving the Word leads to loving justice. Similarly, it also leads to understanding and valuing morality.
“Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.” (140)
This makes me want to draw nearer to the LORD, crawl up on to His lap and say, “teach me”. I want to firmly establish my feet in truth so that when immortality and injustice try to weasel into my life, I can stop and say, “Ew, no. Gross.”
An illustration I often hear, is how bankers are trained to spot counterfeits, not by studying counterfeits, but by becoming extremely familiar with real money, making a slight difference obvious.
I want to saturate myself in truth and God’s definitions of morality and justice, so that immorality and injustice doesn’t have a chance to rule my life.
Teach me, LORD.