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Freedom of Obedience

Psalm 119:41-48

Verses 45-46 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts. I will speak of Your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,

We learned yesterday about holding fast to the truth and we know from Scripture that the truth will set us free. Today we learn with the psalmist about the freedom that is ours through the law and the position that puts us in.

Knowing the truth, sets us free as we walk in the light of His law. But what does this freedom mean? Are we free to sin as we wish? Of course not! We are free to obey the law and enjoy the freedom that comes with knowing we are walking in a way that well represents Christ. Free to live in a way that speaks to the purpose of the law. Obeying the law sets us apart from those who don’t love the Lord.

The freedom we find in obeying the law shows the level of our love for our Master. The more we love Him the more we will love to obey Him and that obedience will lead to freedom in our lives. We will enjoy the freedom of loving Him in every way, of worshiping only Him, of not using His name in unholy ways and following the other commands and enjoying their fruit.

In obeying the first 4 commands we will know the joy of an ever growing relationship with Him and in obeying the last 6 we will know the joy of ever growing relationships with other believers. The freedom we find in obedience enhances the relationships of the body of believers worldwide. This unity that is found in community obedience brings a freedom of relationship that is like no other. But it doesn’t affect only the relationships between believers.

The psalmist speaks of the beauty of this law that allows for standing in the presence of high leadership without a sense of shame. This is another freedom that comes with obedience to the law. When obeying God’s laws we don’t have to feel shame in the presence of state leaders because we know we are living as we should. We are free to not only live them out but are free to speak the truth of the law to the rulers of the land.

Making It Personal

How much freedom do you feel in obeying the law? Do find that obedience has brought you closer to God? Has it brought you closer to other believers?

Making It Personal Kids

Why can obeying the commandments help you feel free? Does obeying the commandments help you have a better relationship with Jesus? Does obeying the rules help you get along with others?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for showing us the freedom of living in obedience to Your law. Give us a desire to live more and more like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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