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They also do no iniquity:
they walk in his ways.
~ Psalm 119:3
This verse continues the description of the blessed. Here they are considered negatively and positively. Negatively, they do not do iniquity. Positively, they do walk in His ways.
They also do no iniquity—The standard is here raised, but there is not the intention of earthly perfection. We know this at least from the later confessions and acknowledgments of failure in this Psalm. The truth is that Christians do not make a habit or regular practice of sin. That is not the general trend of their life. Consider the words of John:
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:9
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1 John 5:18
They walk in his ways—It is not enough to keep from sin, though that is much. We must do righteousness. We must go in the right path. Just as the first part considered the general trend of the life and absolute perfection, here that trend is toward God’s ways. We must be acquainted, even more than acquainted, with God’s word, but that is not all. Jesus said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17).
The way of the blessed tends toward God and away from sin. This is sometimes called progressive sanctification. It is a work that God does in us and the fruit is known.