WEDNESDAY: LOVE by Julie Harrison

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 119:25-48

“Never take a word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, forever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.” (Psalm 119:43-48)

When you were a child, it may have been hard to understand the rules and boundaries placed on you by the responsible adults in your life. You may have even thought they were trying to keep you from having fun by always telling you what to do. Many times, it is not until we become adults ourselves that we can begin to see that those rules were there for a reason. They were for our protection. Out of a loving heart, God gives us the same type of boundaries
for living. By choosing to follow His commands and committing our lives fully to living by his standards, we are opening up our lives to the many blessings God has in store for us.

The writer of this psalm was in love with the laws of the Lord. But it goes deeper than that. He knew that one of the many fruits borne of obedience is experiencing fullness of joy. When we obey God’s commands, we give up our will and submit ourselves to God’s will for us. In God’s great love for us, he has laid out a way for us to not just survive this life day by day, moment by moment, but to thrive. The path of obedience leads to great joy.

I don’t know about you, but I want to experience all that God has to offer. If that means relying on Him to help overcome obstacles or changing a bad habit, I know that it will be worth it. This Advent season, let’s meditate on God’s commands in a way that we learn to love and embrace them in our lives.

Please God, help me fall deeply in love with Your commands.
I know they were given not only for my protection but so I can experience Your joy.

“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I
have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
—John 15:10-11

Josh Kleinfeld