Running the Path of Law
Verse 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.
We talked yesterday about how the psalmist was praying that he hold the law fast but he didn’t stop his prayer there.
The psalmist gives an interesting idea here of running with the law. A youth speaker once said that he saw the commands of God like the guardrails along the side of the highway. They could be busted through if one was determined to do so but when one saw them for the helps that they truly were a person could find safety in between them.
The psalmist says that it was his growing understanding of the law that had him walking the path of Godliness. This love of the Lord had lead him to desire more and more of God’s law and His reasoning for His law. While many see the laws of God as restrictive this man of song had come to understand that when you look at the law through the eyes of a loving Father it wasn’t smothering.
When we think about the law from the perspective of a loving parent we can see the graciousness of His law. There are things we learned as children or have taught our children which the child didn’t like because they were feeling restricted, but that is what we need. If we were given free rein to live as we like we would miss being able to reflect His holiness to the world.
It is important for us to remember that we were not created for ourselves and our desires. He created and chose us to be His ambassadors to this world. He has plans that are not only for our good but are set for us to be ready for His chosen service for us. We are gifted in different ways but those gifts are only used to their fullest if they are used in the boundaries of the law.
We are here for His purposes and we should be seeking the understanding of His law so that we are more readily prepared to do all that He has called us to do. This law is for using on a daily basis and will give us the greatest joy when used with the mindset that we are living for the glory of God.
Making It Personal
Do you look at the law as a restraint? How could understanding it better, free you? Do you know how God has gifted you for service?
Making It Personal Kids
Do the commandments make you feel like you can’t do anything? What can you do that will help others know that Jesus gave the commands to help you live a happier life? Which law are you going to obey today?
Father, thank You for giving us boundaries that will bring us joy when we obey them. Give us an ever-growing desire to know Your law. Teach us to love You enough to obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.