Provocative Devotion: Psalm 19

The law of the Lord is perfect,[c]
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules[d] of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11

I love the grace of God. The joy of the gift of salvation that comes through Christ’s grace and mercy is beyond measure. Without the grace of God and am lost, adrift, helpless, and hopeless. I would never want to have to live under the burden of being perfect and earning love. What joy and freedom comes from knowing that I am forgiven and loved by God because of His mercy and not my efforts to follow the law.

Many have embraced the grace of God and at the same time rejected His law. No we are not under the law when it comes to our salvation, but we dare not reject His law and its benefits. David is right in embracing the law of the Lord as perfect and that it revives the soul. When I follow the precepts of the Lord and live according to them, not to gain God’s love but because I have it and love Him, then I find the joy of pleasing my Lord and living a life free from the rebellion that sucks the life out of me. When we know the love of God and the joy of the Gospel then living according to the statutes of the Lord is not bondage but freedom. It is not loathsome but sweet, sweet like honey straight from the honeycomb.

Lord may I so embrace the Gospel and your love that I find deep joy and satisfaction in following your commands, not to gain your approval but in response to the grace and mercy you have poured out on the cross for me.

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