Love the Law?

 

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the bible and it’s reads like a love song for the law of God. Here are a few of the lines:The Law

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” and “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  and  “I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.”

Now I think the writer is writing about both the scripture as a whole and more specifically, the law of God which is contained in the bible. But how can someone get so excited about law?

Think about this – what if I started talking like this: “Oh, how I love speed limits – there are the greatest! And law about not spitting gum on the pavement – that just makes my heart jump! I love it.”

You’d think I’d lost it. But this is how Psalm 119 sounds.

The reason for the writers joy is that the law of God brings life. The law of God is good for us. Obedience leads to our prosperity because the law of God flows from the character of God.

The law is not arbitrary. God didn’t sit up in heaven thinking – “Should murder be right or wrong? I’ll flip a coin to decide.” No – murder is wrong because God is a god of love who desires for humans to have life – that’s who he is.

God’s law flows out of God’s character. And as we humans are made in the image of God, the law is good for us. It reflects the designer’s code for us – God made us and he knows what’s best.

Yes – our humanity is flawed as we’re broken by sin and so now we fight against the law. But God is in the business of changing the deepest of human desires so that little by little, his people begin to sound like the writer of Psalm 119 who can honestly say, “Oh, how I love your law!”

“Tales of the White City”

This past Sunday, New City IPC celebrated one year of worshiping together in Shepherd’s Bush.  After the service, we enjoyed Ghanian BBQ and watch a new BBC musical documentary called “Tales of the White City.”  I especially got a kick out of the short film as I know several of the people featured and recognized places throughout.  Enjoy!

 

The God of Worms

This is a guest post by Matt Creacy -friend, husband, father and former worship leader at New City. Matt and Thanye

Over the summer, New City hosted “Kids Club” in White City. It was almost 2 weeks of games, stories, crafts and general madness. One of the last days of the club was particularly draining – it was a crazy, energy sucking, whirlwind day. To make matters worse, the day started with our two-year-old, Thayne, greeting us in the morning by smearing poop all over her room. From there the day only increased in craziness. By the afternoon I had run up and down Shepherds Bush to get supplies for the day’s activities, gotten banana in my hair, and was locked out of our flat for almost an hour; all the while dealing with fussy babies!

Matt at Kids ClubAround 3:00 in the afternoon I finally had a quiet moment to myself. I was sitting outside feeling tired, burned out and very sorry for myself. “Why is everything so hard, and why can’t the kids just BEHAVE?!”

Then I look up and see a small green caterpillar crawling over a plant in our garden. This immediately brought to mind a sermon that I recently listened to by Paul Tripp from Jonah chapter 3. Jonah is pouting outside of Nineveh, because the LORD has relented from destroying the city. God sends a plant to shade Jonah from the sun, then that night God sends a worm to eat the plant. Tripp made the point that GOD SENT that worm. He controls even the tiniest parts of creation. AND He did it to show His love to Jonah. God wanted Jonah’s heart, not his mere obedience.

The same is true today. God controls EVERYTHING. Worms, weather, crying babies and counsel taxes. He is also pursuing our hearts. He doesn’t want us to be robots, or even little Christian minions who do his bidding; He wants children who love Him, as He loves us. When I feel sorry for myself, I am forgetting who God is and what He is like:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

HE is God, He controls circumstances. So when I feel sorry for myself (which is another way of complaining) I am saying that God doesn’t know what He’s doing. “He mustn’t be doing His job right! Otherwise I would be happier.” This is a LIE! God loves me too much to just make give me whatever I want in the moment. In the same way I deny Thayne candy right before bed (much to her disapproval), God allows us to suffer. Because He knows what we need better than we do. We serve the God of worms, and we can trust Him in EVERY circumstance. I needed to hear that, and I pray that He will keep reminding me whenever I forget.

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