Remember that song we all used to sing in Youth Group or around the campfire? It’s from Psalm 19.
- 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
- 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
- 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
- 10 More to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
- 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: in keeping of them there is great reward.
- 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my Strength, and my Redeemer.
I know I thought about the words sometimes as I sang, but today when that song came to my mind and as I was going through the words, I thought… if a Christian sings this song, what law are they talking about? What law that is perfect? What law that converts the soul? What statutes that rejoice the heart? What commandments that enlighten the eyes? What law warns us? Do most Christians really desire the law of Elohim more than gold and find it sweeter than honey in the honeycomb? Do most Christians believe that in keeping His law there is great reward?
If a Christian believes we do not have to keep the law anymore, or we are not under the law, then what I don’t understand is if they sing Psalm 19 and truly mean it, believing that the law of the Lord is perfect, joyful, sweet, rewarding, converting, etc… then why would anyone WANT to not keep it anymore?
The law is for our good.
Think about traffic laws. Do they restrict us? Having to stop at stoplights… that’s definitely restricting. Not being able to drive as fast as you want is restricting. Staying on your own side of the road is also restricting. But we know these laws are for our good, so we keep them anyway. (ok, not everyone does all the time) We trust the lawgivers who made these laws. So, are these laws bad because they restrict our driving lifestyle? If someone came along and said we don’t have to keep those laws anymore because So-and-So kept them perfectly for their whole life, would that make sense? No, if So-and-So kept the law perfectly their whole life, they would become the perfect example of someone who kept the law and everyone would be directed to follow that person’s example.
If we can trust that the lawgivers of the land give us traffic laws for our good, can we not trust our Maker, THE Lawgiver, that His laws are for our good? ALL of them!