Psalm 119:7 (NLT)
As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!
I’ve had conversations with people about obeying God’s Word in our lives where they didn’t really see the point if Jesus has already died for our sins. Without entering any kind of theological debate about Predestination, Election, or Calvinism, Psalm 119:7 has always been the answer for me regarding obedience... Believers obey God’s Word, follow Jesus, and pursue righteousness simply because we are thankful for what HE has done for us.
We don’t obey out of fear, dread, tradition, or coercion. I want to know what God requires and expects of those who love and trust him, and I want to do those things out of appreciation, thankfulness, and gratitude. What kid has ever shown respect and thankfulness to a parent without including obedience and honor?
Believers are not suckers. We are not brainwashed, and we are not unintelligent. We are simply thankful to the One who has saved us and blessed us, and we show our love and thankfulness with obedience.
The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:7-14 NLT)
Thank you for not only saving me through your Son, Jesus, but also for showing me the right way to live through your Word, Jesus’ example, and your Holy Spirit. I pray that what I do and say today would please you. I love you very much, and I pray in Jesus name, amen.