Monday, April 13, 2009
Boy, I'm Gonna Haul You In!
Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
Are there any laws that really turn your crank? Does knowing that breaking the speed limit could get you a $100 fine make you happy? What about the thought that if you don't get your taxes paid you could go to the pen, How's that for a thrill?
Laws, which are necessary for an orderly society and peaceful lives are not something most of us get too pumped up about.
But the Psalmist tells us that the person who fears God delights greatly in His commandments. So, how can we be happy because of commandments?
When a person feels like a slave to such things as taxes and speed limits, he can never find joy in them, especially when they seem so unfair and we never realize the benefits of those laws. But when a commandment is liberating to us, when we know it is good and profitable, then we can rejoice in that law.
The law of God has an important function, Paul said it is the schoolmaster that brings us to Christ. In ancient times, the schoolmaster was a person who came to the student’s door and walked the child, hand in hand, to school, and did the same for the home trip in the afternoon.
It was the law, which nobody could ever fully keep, which showed us the way to Christ. Not until we realized that we had broken the commandments did we know that we were in need of the Savior.
Once the schoolmaster has handed us off to Christ, our Savior, then we can more fully appreciate the service the law did for us.
Therefore, we continue to delight in such commands as,
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
For a complete guide of God's top 1o, see Exodus 20:1-17.
God's law is a protection for us and for society. Think of where we would be without them!