Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day. – Psalm 119:97
This is a verse that really smacks me upside the head. I just don’t know how to say that with much more impact or clarity. It really is a dividing line between those that say they love Jesus and those that really do love Jesus. Our relationship to the Bible is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts.
How can we really love God without knowing God and how do we know God without reading His Word? The Bible says of itself that it is sufficient for all things pertaining to godliness, righteous living, correction and instruction and then it summarizes that statement by saying “so that the man of God can be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
So it really seems to make the most sense that if you say you are a man of God you would be quite infatuated with the Word of God doesn’t it?
But what about “The Law”, that seems so harsh and unloving…it seems so legalistic to many modern day evangelicals.
The law or the Torah is simply a precept or a statute, and it primarily refers to the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) or the Pentateuch (Books of Moses). The law is a reflection of the heart of God. God is all these things and to have a proper understanding of God we must understand and love the things that He loves.
Why is this important?
Loving the law of God gives us wisdom and understanding. It is the most important thing we can gain, in fact it is said to be more valuable than gold or fine silver.
I have more understanding than all my teachers… – Psalm 119:99
I understand more than the ancients. – Psalm 119:100
God’s Word restrains us from evil and is a light unto our path. In other words it keeps us on the straight and narrow. It causes us to hate evil, to despise false ways, and bad thinking. How can one gain knowledge and wisdom without knowing God’s precepts and commands?
I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. – Psalm 119:101
Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. – Psalm 119:104
The professing church today is full of those that really don’t care for the Word of God, much less the Law of God. They don’t read the Bible, they don’t know the Bible, and what they do know of the Bible is generally misquoted or taken out of context. The Bible should be the lifeblood of a Christian. It is like a gold mine that can never be fully harvested. It should be something we can never get enough of as we desire to grow in godliness. Jesus said if you’ve truly been born from above you will hunger and thirst for it. (Matthew 5:6)
The Law is the heart and etiquette of God and those that pick and choose, or those that dislike or even despise the law are at enmity with God no matter what their mouth might say. This is a real gut check. It’s a great way to examine yourself to see if you are truly in the faith. What is your relationship to your Bible?
Teach me, O LORD, the way of
And I shall keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, and I
Shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my
Make me walk in the path of
For I delight in it.
Incline my heart to Your
And not to covetousness.
Turn away my eyes from looking
At worthless things,
And revive me in Your way. – Psalm 119:33-37
If you find a professing Christian indifferent to his Bible, you may be sure that the very dust upon its cover will rise up in judgment against him. — C.H. Spurgeon