Sunday, September 5, 2010

Honoring God's Law - September 5, 2010

Psalm 119:41-48 (New International Version)

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41 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD,
your salvation according to your promise;

42 then I will answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.

43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth,
for I have put my hope in your laws.

44 I will always obey your law,
for ever and ever.

45 I will walk about in freedom,
for I have sought out your precepts.

46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
and will not be put to shame,

47 for I delight in your commands
because I love them.

48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love,
and I meditate on your decrees.

What do we hold up as honorable these days? What is important enough to give respect to? People to often let us down and things are without honor. Yes, we should honor the men and woman in our military, police and firefighters, because most sacrifice much on our behalf. Other than that, there are a few men and woman of honor, but we usually fear that they too will let us down.

The lesson to be learned from this portion of Psalm 119 is that what brings honor to all and in all is honoring the laws of God. If we obey and cherish them in everything we do, then we will be able to gain the honor and respect we so look for in others. God is the only one that can give us true honor, and the honorable character we often see displayed is because of Him.

Just as the faithful priest herein, honor God's law and give them respect and high regard in your life. Speak of them "before kings" so that you will honor God through your behavior and witness. Your love for them and what is right and godly will earn the respect of others.

Psalm 119 is a devotional poem from a very pious priest. This is the only psalm in The Psalms written by this author. This psalm is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This Israelite priest sought to pass on godly instruction in his devotional study of the word of God.

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