Taking the Law to the Authorities
Verses 46-47 I will speak of Your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in Your commands because I love them.
Yesterday we finished our time together with the thought that we not only can stand in the presence of rulers but we must speak the truth of the law to the rulers. But what does that look like in our lives?
Talking to leaders isn’t something many of us long to do. Going before the boss isn’t generally felt to be a walk in the park. Talking to the principal isn’t something that makes a kid popular. But standing up to leadership is even more intimidating. We all have a certain level of fear of those in authority over us. But should we fear them?
While we need to respect the people in authority we need to be prepared to stand up to them when they need to be reminded of the laws of God. That may have us feeling a bit uncomfortable. Us, remind leadership of the rules?! That seems like too much. But don’t we say that we love the law? If we love the law why would we be afraid to stand for it? This is something that we need to learn and put into practice.
We live in a world where the law of God is no less relevant but is thought of as old fashioned. Sadly this may have some to do with the false belief that has been taught for multiple decades that the Church has no place in politics. While the pulpit is not the place for sharing political opinion, it is the place where truth must be taught. And if truth is firmly taught there, the people will know the truth of the Gospel and the law. This is what the people should be using to influence the various levels of politics.
This may mean Christians getting more involved in political arenas at the local level of city, township and school board but it doesn’t stop there. We are told by the psalmist that we need to speak the law of God to the officials. This could mean that we are to be engaging with our leaders in the truth of the law and why it is still relevant in our world. When we are willing to speak to authorities about the law of God it shows just how much we love it. Loving it brings us to the need to share it and who better to share it with than those who are in the position to use the law to better society. We just need to remember to do it with respect.
Making It Personal
Have you ever taken a stand for the laws of God to a person in authority? Did it encourage you to speak up again? What truths of law do you need to take a formal stand about today?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever had to remind someone about a commandment? Were they happy to be reminded? Is it OK to stand up for the commandments, even to an adult?
Father, thank You for giving us laws that will last throughout time. Give us the wisdom and courage to stand for the truth of Your law and be attentive to when we need to stand up, even publicly, to show our love of Your law. In Jesus’ name. amen.