Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Psalm 119:1 NLT
Instructions imply that there is a perfect way, an order, for things to go together. Like a cabinet bought from Ikea. If you took those cabinet pieces and decided to do whatever you wanted with them, it would be a mess. Maybe what you created could be somewhat useful, or even pretty, but you’d be able to tell that there was a better use for those pieces that’s not being utilized.
How beautiful and right would it look, function, and feel if it was put together following the instructions and put in its proper place in the home? Those pieces were specifically made for a purpose.
This passage says that the people who follow the instructions of the Lord are joyful. They are people of integrity: honest, upright, and full of good character. They are whole and undivided.
They are joyful, because they are living the way they were created to be.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
Psalm 119:2 NLT