The Law Of The Lord

The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb. — Psalm 19:7-10 (NIV)

David loved God’s Law.  It was perfect, though David was not.  There is safety and security in God’s Law though none, except Christ, were able to keep it perfectly.  In God’s commands we discover something very important: how to please God.  If we love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will want to please Him.  Loving your neighbor as yourself pleases God.  Loving your enemy pleases God.  Being satisfied and content in God pleases God.  Living a life of honesty and integrity pleases God.  Honoring your parents pleases God.  How do we know these things?  We know them through the Law of the Lord.

As Christians, we might be tempted to say, “The Law is Old Testament and we are under New Testament grace!”  That is true.  We are under grace and not the Law.  But the Law is an extension of God’s grace.  Rather than walking around in chaos and confusion with no idea of how to please the Lord, we have been given a wonderful gift.  We have been given guidelines for how to please God.  We have been given boundaries that can keep us from hurting one another.  It is by God’s grace that Jesus came and kept the Law perfectly and by His perfect, unblemished sacrifice, we can find forgiveness and mercy.

So let us strive to obey God’s Law, precepts, commands, statutes and ordinances.  Not to earn salvation or forgiveness, but to please Him and to live in harmony and peace with one another.

PRAYER: Thank You, Jesus, for keeping the Law perfectly because I cannot.  Thank You, Father, for saving me by His sacrifice.  Help me to live a life that pleases You today.  In Christ’s saving name I pray, amen.


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