“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”
If I am walking at something, the means that I am at the destination of liberty. The conjunction of the first word in the verse above means that something before this verse defines what brought me to liberty. The previous verse says, “So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.” Therefore, walking at liberty means that freedom comes by living within the law of God and not without the law of God.
There is much talk about the believer’s freedom once they get saved. Certainly, nobody gets saved by the deeds of the law. However, being saved does not mean that I can do whatever I want to do without any consequences. Grace does not take away the consequences that sin causes. If this were the case, you would not have to be concerned with speeding because you have freedom as a believer to do what you want. No, if you speed, the police will give you a ticket because there are still consequences to doing wrong. Let me share several observations about what it means to walk at liberty.
First, walking at liberty does not mean that I have no boundaries. The boundaries of liberty are the precepts of God. You will find liberty to do what you want as long as you walk within the precepts of God. The psalmist says that he walks at liberty because he sought God’s precepts. God gives you freedom to do what you want inside of the precepts of His Word. He does not give you freedom outside of those precepts.
Second, walking at liberty means I am willing to walk independently in life. To be at liberty means that I don’t allow others to control me, but I allow God’s precepts to control me. My friend, you will never find freedom by being concerned with what others think about you. Freedom comes from being satisfied with walking inside of God’s precepts without a concern with what others think of you as you do those precepts.
Third, walking at liberty means I choose not to walk in bondage. Liberty is found inside of the walls of God’s precepts; therefore, bondage occurs when you walk outside of those precepts. For instance, you can drink alcohol, which is outside of God’s precepts, but you will find the bondage that alcohol brings. When I choose to live within the precepts of God’s Word and not drink alcohol, I am free from its bondage. Always remember that you are walking away from freedom into bondage as soon as you leave the precepts of God’s Word.
Fourth, walking at liberty means I must fight what would take my liberty from me. Liberty is always under attack, and to think that you won’t have to battle to keep your liberty is a preposterous mindset. It will cost you friends to walk at liberty because the friends who choose to go outside of the precepts of God will attack you. God never said that walking at liberty came without battles; instead, you will find that many will fight against you. I would rather fight for the liberty found inside of God’s precepts than to be at peace with sin and worldliness and suffer the bondage they cause.
Fifth, walking at liberty is never a motionless position, but an action. The psalmist didn’t say that he would sit at liberty, but that he would “walk at liberty.” Liberty in the Christian life is found through serving Christ. You must get busy serving Christ if you want to enjoy the freedom of Christian living.