Blessed are those who keep [H5341 – natsar] His testimonies [H5713 – ‘edah], who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity [H5766 – evil]; they walk [H1980 – halak] in His ways [H1870 – derek].
What are testimonies [H5713 – ‘edah]?
A testimony is a marker put in a specific place (or time) that causes us to remember Yah.
Physical testimonies could be the wheels of Pharaoh’s chariots in the Red Sea, or the leftover wood from Noah’s ark. Even the stars in the heavens (interpreted correctly) show His handiwork. (Psalm 19) They are all “testimonies” of the works that Yah has done.
But testimonies [H5713 – ‘edah] are not just physical. If we look at our own lives, we can remember moments in time where we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Creator had a hand in our lives, perhaps saving us from untimely death or tragedy.
These are reminders – testimonies [H5713 – ‘edah] – of His faithfulness to His children. We are to “keep” – watch over, guard – these precious reminders.
To keep/guard/watch over is the definition behind the Hebrew word “natsar.” It is where we get the term “notzrim,” a word also translated as “watchmen.”
For there shall be a day when the watchmen [H5341 – natsar] will cry on Mount Ephraim, “Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.”
It’s easy to see in the Word of God that, if the people did not respect His ways enough to guard them, they were easily forgotten within a couple of generations.
This is even more true today.
The lack of knowledge and respect for the Word of God evident in today’s world is the natural result of people not guarding the physical testimonies that still exist and conveniently forgetting the times that He has personally intervened in their lives.
So we need to daily guard the memory of His wonderful intervention in our lives, or we too will forget and disrespect His testimonies.
So how do we guard His testimonies?
By meditating on what He has done for us; thinking about and reminding ourselves of those little mercies when He, the Creator of the Universe, pierced the heavenly veil and said “Hey! I’m still here!” We also look forward to, expect and seek after the next time He will show us these mercies.
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time researching and thinking about the actual, physical testimonies He left behind. How did they find the chariot wheels in the Red Sea (assuming they are there)? How preserved is the wood from Noah’s ark? Why is ISIS making it a point to destroy all these historical sites in the Middle East?
The Result of Meditating on His Works
When you get in the habit of meditating on His testimonies, it lessens your desire to sin, because it produces thankfulness.
How can we even think of sinning, when the Creator did this for us?
Committing iniquity [H5766 – evil] doesn’t only mean “to do wrong.” It also means “to depart from the right way” or “to distort what has already been established as the right way.”
So-called believers have done this for centuries, professing to believe in the Messiah, but practicing a way of life [H1980 – halak] that stands opposed to His ways [H1870 – derek].
We know that YHWH showed Moses His ways [H1870 – derek], which are in the Torah.
He made known his ways [H1870 – derek] to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.
We also know from Psalm 119:1 and from the following verse that blessings will come to us if we follow this Way.
Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways [H1870 – derek].
This should be our desire if we claim to follow and seek Him with all our hearts. Our way of life [H1980 – halak] should reflect our desire to be like our Father. In doing so, we will actually become a walking testimony [H5713 – ‘edah] to His mercy and faithfulness.
We will be fulfilling the very call of Israel.
- Way [H1870 – derek] – a road, path, journey (Source)
- Walk [H1980 – halak] – manner of life (Source)
- Keep [H5341 – natsar] – to guard (Source)
- Testimonies [H5713 – ‘edah] – testimony, witness (Source)
root: edah [H5720 – ‘adah] – to put on, as an ornament (Source)
- Iniquity [H5766 – evil] – injustice, unrighteousness, wrong (Source)
root: evel [H5765 – aval] – to deviate from what is right, to distort (Source)