Psalm 19 – Rules Rules Rules…

Do you ever find yourselves asking “why do I always have to follow all of these rules”?

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.

The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.

Reverence for the Lord is pure,
lasting forever.

10 They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who obey them.

Especially in the Old Testament, the bible seems to be full of rules and countless expectations. Even the Ten Commandments alone seems like a “don’t do this” or “don’t do that” kind of statement. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by this. Just remember what this chapter in Psalms says though. This is a great example of what to look forward to when you follow all of God’s commands the right way. Don’t think of them as rules, think of them as guidelines to living a good life. Think of them as a map directing you on how to get back to God. The way David describes these commandments are very beautiful. Through following these commands, you will experience beauty beyond your understanding, miracles beyond the ways of logic, and pure happiness when you know that God is right there with you. These commandments really are the most precious and beautiful commandments that anyone can have. Why? Because through these commandments, you can become like Christ himself, and point others to Jesus–the One who longs to guide us all to Heaven!

Ramon Gonzalez

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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