I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
To hasten is to speed up, get moving, or accelerate. The idea is that there is no time to waste.
“Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; let me know how transient I am. Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.
So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
The more we understand the brevity of life and the purposes of God, the more motivated and intentional we must become in our obedience to God.
The psalmist accentuates his point when he also declares that he did not delay. That is, he did not waste time, or take longer than he should have. We can so easily waste time and be distracted from the things that are so important in this life.
When it comes to spiritual priorities, Christians must not be procrastinators. There are many things that we can disregard in this life, but giving attention to God’s word and being obedient to it must not be put off. Instead, it ought to be obvious that we are striving with everything in us to be obedient to the blessed truths that God has graciously revealed to us.