The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
Everybody faces ethical and moral dilemmas all the time. It happens so often that many times our decisions are mechanical and instantaneous. These decisions are made without much analysis or much consideration of the potential consequences they may bring on the person making them. In most cases, even for those who have been walking in the ways of God for a while, these decisions are wrong and go against what God has established as good in his word. We hear people say we must follow what our heart tell us. This is a very nice saying but it has a serious flaw. Nobody can give what he has not. Most people do not have God in their hearts and those hearts will not be able to tell their owners how best to proceed as they do not know what is truly good. It is therefore necessary that we always make our decisions in light of the Word of God and for this we need to know his word very well and have it treasured in our hearts.
If we base our decisions on what God’s word says and not on what the world or our emotions tell us we can be certain of acting correctly. The world and the flesh can not be trusted. In fact, together with Satan, the world and the flesh are our main enemies and if we do things according to the wishes of our enemies you can imagine how we are going to end, in defeat! Let us remain, therefore, hand in hand with our Lord and grounded on the instructions God has given us through His word. Then we will have the assurance that we will do things according to his perfect will. Putting our trust in God enable us to make better decisions which in turn will make all things go well. To God alone be the glory!
Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
Any type of encounter we have with someone who is not a child of God will ultimately end up becoming a battle of hearts and minds. This struggle is a natural outcome of the encounter of two forces that have opposite directions. The heart of him who has not devoted his life to serving God will be driven by the desires of the flesh, the pride of the world and the lies of Satan. It is very possible that this heart has not have realized the dangerous path his life has taken, because among the deceptions of the enemy and his own faulty reasoning he has developed a world view diametrically opposed to God’s plans. These hearts make many mistakes, but generally they are desensitized to failure and have difficulty realizing their sins.
By contrast, the just and merciful heart of God’s children wants to do things right all the time, that is, to act according to the instructions and precepts given by God in his word. This heart knows how sad it is to live separated from God and therefore has repented of his previous conduct. This heart is not interested in seeking his own benefit and for this reason he receives many blessings from God. This heart always puts integrity above any whim or deviant behavior that his sinful nature is telling him to follow. This heart is full of commitment and love and thus he has a special joy that many people do not even imagine may exist. Which of these two types of hearts you want to be yours? Look for Jesus Christ with all your heart and you will find true happiness. Align yourself with the plans of the Master of the Universe. Only to God be the glory!
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In the night, LORD, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.
In the never ending debate of those who think that salvation is achieved by works they quote many verses that mention obedience trying to show that it is what allows us to become children of God. This perspective of obedience as a requirement can only lead to legalism. Obedience is just the result of a life transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is the proof or evidence of the faith of a child of God and his dependence on his heavenly Father. Not surprisingly, James, the brother of the Lord said: “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” Obedience is the logical consequence of a total dependence on God. Faithbedience I think I have called it before. If we are not convinced that we depend on God in all activities and aspects of our lives, we will never see how important it is to obey God in everything. God has done everything necessary for us to be saved and, as the Psalmist says, our practice is to obey his precepts. Our sinful nature will always want to drive us out of subjection to God’s commands and to lead us into the territory of rebellion. If instead we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit of God it won’t be necessary for us to deal with that problem. By the measure of our obedience we can calibrate our faith.
How big is your faith? Check whether or not you are obedient and you will find out. Is there an opportunity to be more obedient? Of course, since we are not perfect and since our sinful nature makes us validate what popular wisdom says: “A leopard never changes its spots.” Without faith and without the intervention of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God in our life can not show a true and effective obedience. Let us give the control of our lives to the Spirit of God and let us immerse ourselves in his word so we know what the rules that we must follow are and so we can meet our part. To God alone be the glory!
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