Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. (Psalm 119:92)
How very true this is. Many children of God become afflicted because of sin that matures and gives birth to death.The wages of sin is death. Though our sin was taken care of on the Cross, if we do not fall under submission to what Jesus has done for us by obeying Him, we open the door to many painful things in life.
If we love Him we will obey Him. No one loves Him at this very moment the way that God instructs in the first commandment, but that is the goal. We need goals to know what we are striving towards. We are striving to love God with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul and all our strength. That is the goal in this life! Through His love we learn to make His law our delight and because of that, His word heals our body, soul and spirit. If it wasn’t for God’s mercy and love and the life that His word brings, all would have perished in affliction.
We must remember that we are not under the law, but God’s moral commands are still valid. Is it good in God’s sight to murder or steal or commit adultery or use the Lord’s name in vain? Of course not. Yet so many people feel that the ten commandments are not valid today. Jesus did fulfill the law. In other words there are no more sacrifices to be made, there are no more dietary rules to adhere too but God’s moral code is still true today. We are saved by grace, not works. Keeping God’s command is not an issue of salvation, it is an issue of the heart. If we love Him, we will keep His commands. His commands are for a better life on this earth, like a security blanket if they are followed. The commandments are a guide, a teacher to show us what to stay away from so that the enemy of our souls can not have a foothold in our lives.
We are to obey God out of love, not fear. Serving anyone out of fear is serving from a place of bondage. God wants us free to love Him, not fear Him!
God’s law, His guidelines are now written on our hearts. Now what is on our hearts needs to be portrayed to a lost and dying world. Honor God and His word and bring life back to that which is dying. The Lord is the hope of all!
Pastor Michael Cannatello