Bear Hugging the Law
Verses 30-31 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on Your laws. I hold fast to Your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame.
We talked yesterday about how we need to build up the spiritual muscle through knowledge of and obedience of the law through our relationship with God. The psalmist knew that this was a choice that was needed to be made frequently.
As the psalmist continues his prayer he points out that he has made the decision to live a life of faithfulness. This is an important thing for us to remember. A life of righteousness doesn’t happen by chance. Without giving it thought or action we would be more likely to make choices that are not in line with righteousness. Thinking about it once in a while isn’t enough. We need to understand that it has to be more than a passing thought. It requires having set our minds on God and His ways. It is a decision that no matter what comes, His way will be the way we choose to live.
This faithfulness to God’s will and way is something that we all need to be intentional about. Just as the psalmist was praying that he had set his heart on God’s laws, we must set our hearts on Him. We can’t pretend that we are His by choosing His will every once in a while in life. To be truly His requires full surrender all the time. This comes by holding His laws tightly.
It is easy to say that we are living by His law but when it comes to a choice between obeying and doing something that will bring us pleasure or will save an earthly friendship we too often bow to the things that work in our favor for this life. We don’t hold fast to Him and His laws because it would make it harder to live here. Yes, as much as we claim to be His we still fight the flesh. This fighting the flesh has much to do with our heart towards the law – and its Giver.
By holding fast to the law and the Lord of the law we are showing that we are truly His people. We will also be revealing Him. When we live as He lived we are showing that though the world be prone to evil, we see Him as our ruler. We will find as the psalmist did that when we hold fast to the law, we will not be put to shame. When Paul listed the fruit of the Spirit he said there was no law against these things (Galatians 5:22-23) and we know that since this is the evidence of the Spirit in us that when we live out the fruit we are holding fast to Him and His law.
Making It Personal
Do you find it hard to hold fast to the law of God? Are the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life? What fruit is missing from your life?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you know the fruit of the Spirit? How does living the fruit of the Spirit show that you love the law? Which part of the fruit of the Spirit do you struggle to live?
Father, thank You for leading us to live a life that is pure and holy. Give us the wisdom and strength to obey Your law and give us the desire to hold close to it. In Jesus’ name, amen.