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!”

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor