Usually when we think of the law we think of restrictions. Here in California where I live, we have a law that prohibits both talking on a cell phone and texting while driving. I can agree with the texting one—I don’t want to be near anyone driving 70 on the freeway while texting their best friend! The one I don’t agree with as much is the talking on a phone while driving. Sometimes I’m glad that law is there, like when I see someone swerving all over the road while talking on the phone. Other times it’s inconvenient, because it’s more distracting to answer the phone and put it on speaker than to just hold it with one hand and drive with the other! David had other thoughts regarding laws… God’s laws that is.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
David has an entirely different view of God’s law than we have of some of our government’s laws. Instead of complaining about the restrictions he has, he proclaims loudly throughout each of the 176 verses how good God’s law is! In fact, there are few verses within this chapter, maybe 5, that don’t have a word that refers to God’s law in them.
Why does David love God’s law so much? God designed His law for maximum happiness. When we keep His law, we are blessed! Just to clarify, keeping God’s law doesn’t ensure salvation, but it sure is hard to love someone without doing what they say! After all, if God created this world and it’s so wonderfully made, wouldn’t His laws also be intricately designed for our happiness?
Maybe someday you can say with David, “Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.” (verse 164)!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.