Devotions for the Week of February 19, 2017

Meditation for the Week of February 19, 2017

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,

that I may follow it to the end.

Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law

and obey it with all my heart.

Direct me in the path of your commands,

for there I find delight.

Psalm 119:33-35

Everyone loves it when people tell them what to do. We love it when our bosses ask us to work harder or tell us that we didn’t do a good job. We love it when strangers give us parenting advice, especially strangers without children of their own. It’s the best when you see a police officer’s lights flick on, so he can tell you to slow down. We love it when people tell us what to do.

Yeah…right. We hate it, which is why the words of this psalm seem so strange. “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” No one likes having to follow the rules, unless we get to tell someone else to do it. We are always fighting against them, whether it’s the laws of our country or the law of God.

It’s not fun to have to tell someone that they’ve broken God’s law, either. There is almost always anger. Sometimes people yell. Inevitably, there are hurt feelings. That’s because we are sinners. We rail against God’s law, because the only law we recognize is our own desires. We want to be in total control of ourselves and everything else.

But we were created for more. We were created to perfectly obey God’s commands. We were created to obey like Jesus did. Jesus is the only one who could truly say, without any hesitation or deception, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” He perfectly followed God’s commands right up to the cross where he died for you and for me.

When we were baptized, we received the Spirit of adoption as sons and were united with Jesus, himself. That means that his Spirit is in us, and his desires drive us. So, the Spirit in us cries out with his love for God’s law. That’s why the psalmist can say what he does, “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.” It’s not because he really likes rules. God has given him the Holy Spirit causing the psalmist to delight in God’s laws.

So we delight in God’s law, struggling to be obedient just like Jesus. And when we fail, which we do often, Jesus is there once again with his perfection. He restores us, and he sends us out to try again. And that pattern will hold until the day he finally returns, when we are changed into the perfect people God created us to be. Then we will live in perfect obedience, delighting forever in God’s law.

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

Father,

You have given us your will through your Holy Word, to teach us what we ought to do. By the power of Jesus Christ, you have given us eternal life and you guide us by the Holy Spirit. Guide us to delight in your law and to do your will. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.