Friday, January 06, 2017

Great Peace (Psalm 119:165)

Today’s scripture: Psalm 119:165

The Psalmist writes that those who love the law of the Lord will have great peace. Love the law of the Lord. What does that mean?

In the Old Testament, the law of the Lord was what is called the Pentateuch, the five books written by Moses. Anyone who wanted to know God would know those books intimately.

Today, we have the entire Bible available to us to know God. The more we know His word, the more we know Him. We’ve been given a tremendous gift. Loving the law of the Lord, the Bible, means that we want to spend time in it, reading it, studying it, internalizing it. Loving the law of the Lord means we want to “meditate on it day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

But what about the second part of Psalm 119:165? What does it mean that those who love the law of the Lord won’t stumble?

I believe that it means that when we know the law of the Lord, when we know His words, we have a way to combat the lies of the enemy. We know we’re in a battle with Satan (Ephesians 6:12), and the only way to really respond to his lies is to know the words of the Lord. When he attacks, we can use God’s own words to catch him in his lies. Jesus Himself was able to counter the lies of the enemy when He was being tempted in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11).

If we know and love the law of the Lord, we can have peace in a growing relationship with God, and we can have confidence that our knowing God’s word will keep us from stumbling.

How much do you love the law of the Lord? Do you meditate on it day and night? Do you desire to spend time with the Lord, getting to know Him through His word? Make a commitment with God right now to learn to love His law.

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