One of today’s readings is part of Psalm 119. This Psalm is the longest book in the bible; it is a poem written out of love for God’s law and wisdom. It is one of those passages that reminds us over and over again that true wisdom and true purpose is found only in submitting ourselves to God and His plan.
Listen to what we are told in Psalm 119: 89-94:
89 The Lord exists forever;
your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91 By your appointment they stand today,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my misery.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
I love the concept in this pass the one of “precepts.” In scripture, we learn God’s truth and we learn some overarching concepts that can truly guide our paths. We learn these precepts. These things that shape us.
And this shaping can be a difficult thing at times. God molds us. God works on us. God humbles us. God breaks us. God builds us. God convicts us. God calls us to be more than we are right. He calls us to be faithful. To be different. To be holy.
Part of that journey to holiness comes from humbling ourselves and submitting ourselves to God. Submitting ourselves to live by what we are shown in scripture. Submitting ourselves to live by His Lordship. Submitting ourselves to do what is right, even when we don’t want to, may not like it, and may resist it.
We still follow, because it is right.
God wants to guide us. His way is truth. His way is life. It really is. We see that He loves us. We see that we all have fallen astray. We see the affect of sin on ourselves and upon others. We see the lengths that God went to through Christ to bring us back home. We see that each day we are called to love and serve and give and care. We are called to be different.
We see that our lives, through His grace, can make a difference in many, many ways.
We see His truth and are called to live by it.
Today, may His spirit lead and may His precepts guide. Today, through Him, may we find the way to life.