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Psalms 119:73-80 (KJV)
Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
Psalms 119:73-80 reminds us of our creation and the love God has for each of us. It provides a comforting vision of God lovingly fashioning each of us by hand into a unique person with a direct relationship with Him. Accordingly, it would seem only natural that we would want to honor God’s love by learning and living by his statutes. Following God’s laws outside of our church environment Monday through Friday can be complex. How do we understand and learn God’s laws? Understanding God’s laws is, of course, more than learning the commandments and rotely following them. Of the many statutes, perhaps the most important are to listen to God and do what is right in his sight.
Sitting in church on Sundays, I am always in awe of the peace and love that embraces me. Every week I wonder how I can extend this feeling to others and do “what is right” in my daily life. Surely listening to the word of God and doing what is right in his sight shouldn’t be that hard…or is it. Do you ever start the week with good intentions and find that as the week wears on there is less and less listening to God and more and more trying to control the life around you?
Doing what is right in the eyes of God can take many forms. At one level, it may be showing compassion to someone struggling at work or volunteering at a local charity. At another level, there may be much more that can be done. This Lenten season offers an opportunity to reflect on how we follow God’s laws and demonstrate our commitment outside of the church environment. I look forward to hearing what new opportunities God has for me and to find new ways to do what is right in his eyes in my daily life, Monday through Sunday.
Dear God, please help us to better understand and live by your laws. Let our hearts “be sound in thy statutes” and let us carry this gift into our world outside the church. Amen.