A Life of Great Reward – Gold & Honey – Part 8

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Psalm 19:11b – … And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

This series of lessons looks at the life most Christians want, many Christians talk about and some Christians experience brief glimpses of… but few attain on a daily, consistent, long-term basis. It is a life that is:

  • Refreshed and re-energized, full of wisdom, joyful, enlightened, consistent and righteous, rewarding and fulfilled.

So far we have learned that:

  • God’s law (His rule of action) converts (restores, refreshes) the soul because knowing and keeping His law leads to a fruitful, guiltless life of fellowship with God. (v. 7a)

  • God’s testimony (His declaration and evidence of facts), especially of Jesus Christ, imparts wisdom to the simple (foolish; anyone devoid of God’s truth and wisdom) (v. 7b)

  • God’s precepts (instructions, directions) are right (by default) and are heart is rejoiced when we keep them. (v. 8a)
  • God’s commandments are pure (by default correct; they are right and nothing other) and enlighten (bring understanding and meaning) to the eyes (the mind, the heart).(v. 8b)
  • The fear of the Lord (health respect and awe; a synonym for His law and Word) is clean (pure, holy) and endures forever (does not change). (v. 9a)
  • The Lord’s judgments (divine decrees/opinions) are true and righteous (for our best good always to be desired). (v.9b)

    Psalm 19:10-11 – More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

It is not hard for us as humans to understand the feeling and the desire of wanting gold (money, riches). The desire for wealth is a universal emotion that has been common to mankind since the beginning of history.

Can you say today that you have ever wanted God’s Word as much as you have wanted money? Here we have in Psalms 19 the Creator of the Universe telling us that his commandments and judgments are to be desired more than gold. Then to emphasize the point God says more than “much fine gold”. Not just gold. Not just some gold. MUCH FINE GOLD.

God knows how man operates deep down and His first appeal to our understanding is a comparison to something that we can NOT mistake. We all know what it is to desire money. Secondly the Lord then appeals to our fleshly appetite for sweets stating that His law is sweeter than “honey and the honeycomb” which was the equivalent of candy in that time. Having compared the desire for Scripture to two things we can easily understand (possessions, appetite) it leaves us without excuse for not getting the point of verse 10: there is nothing in this life to be desired more than the word of God.

The Lord goes on to tell us that through the law and commandments we are warned. Warned of what? We are warned of the pitfalls and dangers of living in this sin cursed world. Knowing and obeying God’s commandments serves as a warning and deterrent to the evils of a world full of sin.

If we are doing what God commands,
then we won’t be sinning…
and we won’t be getting in trouble.

God statutes and judgments are like traffic signs and signals warning us when to stop, when to turn, what to be on the lookout for and when we are going the wrong direction, down the wrong road. DANGER AHEAD!. The more we know God’s World and meditate on it, the more we will be aware of wrong; and the more we will avoid the dangers of sin.

Finally, God tells us that keeping His commandments brings great reward. If God says it brings great reward then we can be assured that it does. The Lord does not make statements lightly. What He plainly says, He plainly means. We can be fully committed and secure that obeying God’s law and trusting in His judgments will lead to the most blessed and joyful life possible.

The Lord wants us to have the most spiritually abundant and fruitful life possible. There is only one way to do that and you can only know how by knowing God’s Word.

You can’t be rewarded by keeping God’s
commandments if you don’t know them.

How do you know them? They are revealed through His Word (the Bible) and you have to read it, meditate on it and practice it in order to know them. Knowledge of God’s law is learned through diligent, consistent, serious study of His Written Word and by asking God in prayer to illumine Truth in your heart.

God’s law is perfect; it restores and refreshes the soul. God’s testimony is sure and will make you wise. The Lord’s precepts are right and will give you a heart full of joy. God’s commandments are pure and will bring you light and understanding about life. The fear of the Lord directs us into righteousness and can be trust as holy and enduring. The Lord’s judgments are pure and righteous, sufficient to guide our life.

God’s way is more valuable than any riches as this world can offer and is sweeter than any delight the world can give. His commandments keeps us on the path of righteousness. God’s law results in a life of reward both now and in eternity.

Revelation 22:12-13 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (NKJV)

The reward comes now in the form of a peaceful and joyful life. It comes in eternity when the Lord returns to take us home and reward us for our service and faith in Him.

Gracious God, Help us to understand that Your Law is meant for our good and keeping it brings great reward. Help us to desire Your commandments more than wealth, and Your Word more than the finest food. In Jesus name, Amen.

Contemplation: Do you see God’s commandments as restrictive or liberating? Do you think keeping God’s robs you of life’s reward (fun)? Have you ever desired God’s word more than money or food?

Application: Think about it. God is perfect, loving, holy and just. If He gives us a commandment, or declares a law, it is meant only for our good. Knowing it and keeping it will only lead to a peaceful, guiltless, joy-filled life. God’s laws don’t rob us, they reward us.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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A Life of Great Reward – Judgments – Part 7

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Psalm 19:11b – … And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

This series of lessons looks at the life most Christians want, many Christians talk about and some Christians experience brief glimpses of… but few attain on a daily, consistent, long-term basis. It is a life that is:

  • Refreshed and re-energized, full of wisdom, joyful, enlightened, consistent and righteous, rewarding and fulfilled

So far we have learned that:

  • God’s law (His rule of action) converts (restores, refreshes) the soul because knowing and keeping His law leads to a fruitful, guiltless life of fellowship with God. (v. 7a)

  • God’s testimony (His declaration and evidence of facts), especially of Jesus Christ, imparts wisdom to the simple (foolish; anyone devoid of God’s truth and wisdom) (v. 7b)

  • God’s precepts (instructions, directions) are right (by default) and are heart is rejoiced when we keep them. (v. 8a)
  • God’s commandments are pure (by default correct; they are right and nothing other) and enlighten (bring understanding and meaning) to the eyes (the mind, the heart).(v. 8b)
  • The fear of the Lord (health respect and awe; a synonym for His law and Word) is clean (pure, holy) and endures forever (does not change). (v. 9a)

It is our natural human tendency to be defensive when we’re told we are wrong. When other people tell us that we are wrong there is certainly room for evaluation of their opinion and at times even a defense on our part.

It is altogether entirely a different thing however when the Lord tells us we are wrong. Any defensiveness, excuses, or attempt to diminish the degree of our transgression only betrays the level of pride and foolishness that is in our hearts.

The word “judgment” gets a bad rap today. It seems that one of the most common phrases of our time is “the Bible says don’t judge”. (Without getting off on an entirely different subject let me say that what the Bible actually says is “don’t judge in a way that will bring judgment upon yourself” which is an entirely different thought altogether).

Psalm 19:9b – The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (NKJV)

This devotional is about the Lord’s judgments, not man’s. You won’t hear many people declare “the Lord shouldn’t judge”. Even the unbelieving world realizes that part of “religion” involves a higher authority with a higher standard who judges our behavior based on that standard.

What are judgments?

  • The formal declaration of an authoritative opinion
  • It is an official proclamation given by one in power
  • A divine decision

A judgment is not a casual opinion to be accepted or rejected by the hearer. The Lord’s judgments are true and binding regardless of whether we are aware of it, acknowledge it or agree with it. We are bound by the Lord’s judgments no matter what the circumstances or what reasons we may have to feel otherwise.

That sounds kind of harsh on the surface, and if we were talking about a man’s judgments it would indeed be harsh. But we’re not talking about man. We’re talking about the Lord.

The Lord’s judgments are true and righteous. In this respect they’re not to be feared as something that will harm us or that will lead to anything other than our ultimate good. As with all things pertaining to the Lord even the unpleasant (to us) is something to be desired not avoided.

The Lord’s judgments are true which means:

  • steadfast, honest, just
  • conforming to true reality
  • fully realized
  • fitted, formed, and fully functional
  • accurate
  • logically necessary
  • strict in the truest sense
  • without variation
  • balanced, level and square

The Lord’s judgments or righteous which means:

  • acting in accord with divine or moral law
  • absolutely right or justifiable
  • arising from justice or morality
  • genuine and good
  • legitimate, proper and fitting
  • wise and right

So you can see by these definitions that anything true and righteous (not just judgments), is something to be desired. As with everything in God’s Word, God’s judgments are revealed to us for our ultimate benefit and good. The Lord wants us to live the most blessed and fruitful life possible. There is only one way to do that and that is to allow the Lord to be the judge of our life.

You can’t live by the Lord’s judgments if you don’t know them.

How do you know them? They are revealed through His Word (the Bible) and you have to read it, meditate on it and practice it in order to know them. Knowledge of God’s judgments is learned through diligent, consistent, serious study of His Written Word and by asking God in prayer to illumine Truth in your heart.

Revelation 19:2a – For true and righteous are His judgments….” (NKJV)

God’s law is perfect; it restores and refreshes the soul. God’s testimony is sure and will make you wise. The Lord’s precepts are right and will give you a heart full of joy. God’s commandments are pure and will bring you light and understanding about life. The fear of the Lord directs us into righteousness and can be trust as holy and enduring. The Lord’s judgments are pure and righteous, sufficient to guide our life towards increasing holiness. Tomorrow we will look at how all of this leads to rewarding life!

Holy Lord, Help us to embrace Your judgments rather than fear them or be deny them. Help us to see that Your ways are pure and righteous even when they don’t feel good to us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Contemplation: When you think of “judgment” have you been influence by the world’s mantra of “the Bible says don’t judge”? Has that distorted your understanding of God’s judgments? Do you fear or embrace God’s judgments? Has your definition of “God’s judgments” changed any since reading this?

Application: God is pure and righteous. His judgments are always perfect true and when we embrace them, and change our life accordingly, we will experience blessing and reward.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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A Life of Great Reward – Good Fear – Part 6

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Psalm 19:11b – … And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

This series of lessons looks at the life most Christians want, many Christians talk about and some Christians experience brief glimpses of… but few attain on a daily, consistent, long-term basis. It is a life that is:

  • Refreshed and re-energized, full of wisdom, joyful, enlightened, consistent and righteous, rewarding and fulfilled

So far we have learned that:

  • God’s law (His rule of action) converts (restores, refreshes) the soul because knowing and keeping His law leads to a fruitful, guiltless life of fellowship with God. (v. 7a)

  • God’s testimony (His declaration and evidence of facts), especially of Jesus Christ, imparts wisdom to the simple (foolish; anyone devoid of God’s truth and wisdom) (v. 7b)

  • God’s precepts (instructions, directions) are right (by default) and are heart is rejoiced when we keep them. (v. 8a)
  • God’s commandments are pure (by default correct; they are right and nothing other) and enlighten (bring understanding and meaning) to the eyes (the mind, the heart).(v. 8b)

In verse’s seven and eight we looked at four different aspects of Gods revealed knowledge to us about how we should live life. We looked at God’s law, God’s testimony, God’s precepts and His commandments.

In verse nine the Psalmist appears to switch gears and begins to talk about the fear of the Lord. But in reality is not a change of subjects at all.

The fear of God is a synonym for His law/testimony/statutes/commandments.
The purpose of the Law is to put fear into the sinful human heart.

Deuteronomy 4:10 – especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ (NKJV, emphasis mine)

This is a healthy fear, a fear that is meant to lead us to a righteous life. We are not comfortable with this type of language today. When we speak of religion or Christianity we typically want to be filled with words of love… gentle and soft, and pleasing to the ear.

While that is certainly part of the Gospel, another part of the Gospel goes typically neglected and that is the part about fear, the fear of the Lord. God’s law, His commandments and instruction are meant to strike fear into our hearts realizing that if we transgress a holy God that there are consequences to follow.

It’s amazing and sad today that people have very little fear of those in authority over them. I remember growing up being very fearful of authority. But it was a good fear. We have turned the word “fear” into something that is always negative and to be avoided.

A good healthy fear of authority keeps us on a righteous path. I was significantly afraid of violating the instructions or rules of my parents, schoolteachers… any adult for that matter. Even the police today don’t enjoy a healthy fear (respect) from many people. Entire generations of adults and kids are growing up with a very casual and unconcerned attitude towards authority.

Some people might say that this is a good thing. Some would have us believe that to live in fear is a negative. And of course to live in the WRONG KIND of fear is a negative. For a Christian to live with a continual, ungrounded fear of not being saved, or a fear of God not keeping His promises, or a fear that the Lord will not care for you is an unhealthy and sinful type of fear. A fear man that causes you to bow to the wishes of the world or forsake the wishes of God is unhealthy. To be a fearful person in general… fearful of living life, fearful of troubles and trials, fearful of what might happen next… those are the types of fears that are wrong because we need to be putting our trust in God and that God will see us through everything in this life.

Matthew 10:28 – And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (NKJV)

We need and should have a very deep and healthy fear/respect of God. This is a fear based on a proper knowledge of his holiness, of his authority, and of the consequences for violating the commandments of our Creator. This is the type of fear that keeps us on the path of righteousness and guards our way. This fear is a built-in sensor and spiritual alarm that tells us when we have transgressed the holy standard of our Lord.

The “fear of the Lord” is a synonym for the other four descriptions we have studied:
law, testimony, commandments and statutes.

Notice what verse nine says about this fear: it is clean and enduring. This is a fear to be desired and embraced because it is meant for our good. It is clean which is another way of saying that it is pure. It is holy, without fault and lacks anything unwholesome.

Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (NKJV)

The fear of the Lord is pure… and it endures forever. It never ends, it never goes away, it never fails and we don’t ever have to worry about it changing. Unlike man’s religions, governments or what ever happens to be popular at the moment, we do not have to worry about the ways of God ever changing, vacillating or fluctuating.

Ignorance of God leads to the wrong kind of fear.
You have to know God in order to fear Him in the positive manner.

How do you know God? He is found in prayer and time in His presence. He is revealed through His Word (the Bible) and you have to read it, meditate on it and practice it in order to know Him. Knowledge of God is learned through diligent, consistent, serious study of His Written Word and by asking God in prayer to illumine Truth in your heart.

Joshua 4:24 – that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” (NKJV)

God’s law is perfect; it restores and refreshes the soul. God’s testimony is sure and will make you wise. The Lord’s precepts are right and will give you a heart full of joy. God’s commandments are pure and will bring light and understanding to your life. The fear of the Lord directs us in the way of righteousness and can be trusted as holy and enduring. Tomorrow we will look at the righteous judgments of the Lord.

Holy Lord, Help us to understand what a true and healthy fear of the Lord is. Teach us to embrace the fear is a way to guard our life and keep us on your path of righteousness. In Jesus name, Amen.

Contemplation: Are you like the bumper sticker – “no fear”? Do you have a literal and tangible fear of violating the law? Man’s law? God’s law? If not, does it parallel a lack of spiritual depth in your life? Does fearing the Lord seem “wrong”? Has your concept of it changed after reading this?

Application: If you do not feel, sense or experience a real, tangible fear when you sin and violate God’s holy standards, then you have become desensitized and lack the biblical fear of the Lord. If this is true for you today, pray and asked God to restore this respect for Him so that you can walk in God’s paths and lead a righteous life.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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A Life of Great Reward – Enlightenment – Part 5

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Psalm 19:11b – … And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

This series of lessons looks at the life most Christians want, many Christians talk about and some Christians experience brief glimpses of… but few attain on a daily, consistent, long-term basis. It is a life that is:

  • Refreshed and re-energized, full of wisdom, joyful, enlightened, consistent and righteous, rewarding and fulfilled

So far we have learned that:

  • God’s law (His rule of action) converts (restores, refreshes) the soul because knowing and keeping His law leads to a fruitful, guiltless life of fellowship with God. (v. 7a)

  • God’s testimony (His declaration and evidence of facts), especially of Jesus Christ, imparts wisdom to the simple (foolish; anyone devoid of God’s truth and wisdom) (v. 7b)

  • God’s precepts (instructions, directions) are right (by default) and are heart is rejoiced when we keep them (v. 8a)

Today we will look at the latter part of verse 8 discovering the way to enlightenment (understanding):

Psalm 19:8 – The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; (NKJV)

First, what exactly is a commandment? We immediately think of the Law of Moses and the other direct commands in Scripture. And you would be right on both accounts. A commandment is typically obvious and to the point. Don’t kill; love your brother; pray without ceasing… imperative statements usually devoid of optional compliance clauses.

Our understanding or agreement is ultimately
irrelevant to obeying God’s commands.

Pertaining to the Word of God, these commandments are “divine directives”. These are marching orders that we have no choice or option to follow. God says do it, and we do it. While there is certainly nothing wrong with studying to understand WHY God commands something, in the end, our understanding of God’s motives, or our agreement with them is effectively irrelevant to the issue of obedience.

When I was a Drill Sergeant in the Army, one of the things we had to instill in new combat soldiers was the discipline of response and obedience without question. In the heat and chaos of battle there is no time or place to have a discussion about whether or not the commanding officers orders should be followed. There was no requirement to understand WHY, nor did it matter if we agreed. When the orders are issued, they are to be followed trusting that they are in line with the overall good of the entire battle plan despite personal opinion or cost (this assuming the orders don’t violate God’s law, but that’s another devotional).

Of course humans can be flawed, and orders from commanders can be ultimately flawed. But not so with God.

God’s commands are pure: perfect, complete and holy.

The word pure is one of those all-inclusive words that typically only God can get away with using. Something is either pure, or it’s not. There is not part-pure. Here is the definition from Websters (emphasis mine):

  • unmixed with any other matter
  • free from dust, dirt, or taint
  • spotless, stainless
  • free from harshness or roughness
  • being in tune — used of a musical tone
  • being thus and none other
  • sheer, unmitigated
  • free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes
  • containing nothing that does not properly belong

My favorite is the phrase “being thus and no other”. Purity is being ALL of something, and NONE of anything else. God’s commandments, His orders and divine directives, are pure. They are free from pollution, spot or stain and contain NOTHING that does not properly belong. They are “thus, and none other”.

And they “enlighten” the eyes. What does this mean? Enlighten means to shine on, to illumine, to bring light to, to expose and to make clear. It is the process of seeing reality as God sees it.

Our vision of life is only as clear as the degree
of illumination God has bestowed on us .

When you enter a dark, unfamiliar room you are likely to stumble, run into things and get lost. And who doesn’t love busting their little toe on the corner of something! To the degree that light becomes present, we begin to have a realistic picture of what is in the room and how to exist in it safely. The greater the light, the clearer we can see the details of the room and the greater our confidence and understanding concerning it.

In the same sense, God’s commandments are like light in our dark sin-cursed world. God’s commandments allow us to properly understand how to navigate and operate in a dark world. The more of God’s commands we know, the more the light of understanding brightens our path in life.

You have to know God’s commandments
before they can light your path in life.

How do you know the commandments of God? They are found in His Word (the Bible) and you have to read it, meditate on it and practice it in order to know them. His commandments are learned through diligent, consistent, serious study of His Written Word and by asking God in prayer to illumine Truth in your heart.

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (NKJV)

God’s law is perfect; it restores and refreshes the soul. God’s testimony is sure and will make you wise. The Lord’s precepts are right and will give you a heart full of joy. God’s commandments are pure and will bring you light and understanding about life. Tomorrow we will look at the fear of the Lord and His righteous judgments.

Holy Lord, Help us to understand that Your commandments are not restrictive or punitive; they exist to bring light into our life and in keeping them we will be blessed with great spiritual reward. We pray that Your commandments will enlighten our understanding each day. In Jesus name, Amen.

Contemplation: Are you stumbling around unsure how God expects you to live? Do you have a confidence that understand how a Christian is to live and what pleases God? When someone asks you about “life” (the purpose, the meaning, the way to live) do you feel confident and sure in answering?

Application: If you want to understand “life”, know God’s commandments. God has given us clear direction about life and His commandments are PERFECT instruction on how to live it. Our purpose and direction is clearly illuminated through the increased knowledge of God’s Word.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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A Life of Great Reward – Joy – Part 4

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Psalm 19:11b – … And in keeping them there is great reward. (NKJV)

This series of lessons looks at the life most Christians want, many Christians talk about and some Christians experience brief glimpses of… but few attain on a daily, consistent, long-term basis. It is a life that is:

  • Refreshed and re-energized, full of wisdom, joyful, pure and enlightened, consistent and righteous, rewarding and fulfilled

So far we have learned that:

  • God’s law (His rule of action) converts (restores, refreshes) the soul because knowing and keeping His law leads to a fruitful, guiltless life of fellowship with God. (v. 7a)

  • God’s testimony (His declaration and evidence of facts), especially of Jesus Christ imparts wisdom to the simple (foolish; anyone devoid of God’s truth and wisdom) (v. 7b)

Today we will look at the first part of verse 8 discovering the key to a joyful heart:.

Psalm 19:8a – The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; (NKJV)

First of all notice the assumption that is made: the statutes of the Lord are right. This conclusion is stated matter-of-factly and is not presented for discussion or debate. God’s statutes are right. Period. It is important to think about this for a moment. Every person has what is called a “worldview” whether they realize it or not. A worldview is a set of presuppositions (something you innately believe is true by default) that each person has developed throughout their life.

For example, a scientist may have a materialistic worldview that assumes everything can be explained without God. So when he looks at life on the earth, he immediately assumes it came to pass through natural processes and his scientific research is based on that PRE-assumption. A worldview that does not include God will embody presuppositions such as:

  • All things have a natural explanation
  • The physical world is the only reality
  • Truth is relative to the situation at hand
  • There is no absolute truth
  • The purpose of life cannot be known definitively
  • Man (particularly “majority rule”) is a law unto himself

A worldview without God eliminates the possibility of making a definitive statement about law, morality or truth such as we find in verse 8. Nothing can be absolutely “right” because no man, government or worldly system can ever claim absolute authority. Man can only be “right” until another man rises in authority and power to declare the new version of “right”.

As Christians, it is important to understand that part of our worldview is the automatic assumption that “God is right” no matter what. It doesn’t matter what age you live in, what society you’re a part of or what the prevailing moral climate is. God is right and all of our thoughts, decisions, opinions and knowledge must be founded, grounded and “sounded” through the Word of God.

So what are these “statutes” that are right? Statute is defined as laws or regulations, but the original word “piqqud” is translated as statutes only once and 21 times as “precepts” which I believe more accurately describes the thought of the verse.

  • Precepts
    • A direction or regulation
    • A command given as a general rule of principle
    • An order issued by an authorized official
    • Instruction taken beforehand

The definition that catches my attention however is: a principle instructing to do a certain action, which is to be obeyed by all in same society of the covenant.
(Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (HGK7218). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc).

As Christians we enter into a blood covenant (Heb 7.22) with God at the moment we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as an atonement for our sins. God’s statutes (precepts, regulations, principles, direction) are instructions TO BE OBEYED by everyone who has entered into covenant with Him. If you are saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, YOU are part of that covenant.

So God’s instruction are right without question, and they are to be obeyed by us because we are part of the New Covenant (Heb 8.13). The result? The heart is rejoiced. This statement (“the heart is rejoiced”) once again, is stated matter-of-factly. There is no question, no condition and no ambiguity. The instructions of God are right and when obeyed, our heart will rejoice. Why?

Being in right standing with God
is the most joyful existence available to man.

Our heart rejoices because we are in right standing with God; our heart is in tune with Him. By obeying His instructions we live in peace with the Ultimate Authority; guiltless before THE holy standard of the universe. God has created within man a part of our being that can only be happy, fulfilled and peaceful when we know that all things are right with God.

How do you get to that point? By knowing His statutes. That starts of course with salvation and continues throughout our life in a process called “sanctification” (the process of becoming more holy in our behavior and thoughts by conforming to God’s Word).

You have to know God’s statutes before your heart can rejoice.

How do you know the precepts of God? They are found in His Word (the Bible) and you have read it, meditate on it and practice it in order to know them. His instructions are learned through diligent, consistent, serious study of His Written Word and by asking God in prayer to illumine Truth in your heart.

Psalm 119:25-27 – My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. (NKJV)

God’s law is perfect; it restores and refreshes the soul. God’s testimony is sure and will make you wise. The Lord’s precepts are right and will give you a heart full of joy. Tomorrow we will look at the commandments of God and how they give us understanding.

Holy God, Help us to learn your precepts and obey them. Grant us a joyful heart as we choose to live according to Your instruction. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Contemplation: Is joy missing from you life? Does it parallel your lack of knowledge or obedience of God’s statutes? Do you think it is reasonable for God to bless someone with joy when they are ignoring or neglecting His principles ?

Application: Knowing God’s statutes and keeping naturally results in joy because it puts us in the original condition we were created for: right standing and fellowship with God..

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?

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