Obeying the Law? {5}

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Psalm one

Psalms 119:11 reads, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” And how often have we read this Psalm without asking the question “What does it really mean to sin against the Lord, and why was it important for the blessed man to have hidden the word of God in his heart?”

And reading this verse found in Psalm 119:11, it was believed he hid the word of God in his heart so that he might not sin by breaking the moral law of God, but what we needed to have understood was that this message and or statement was not dealing with the moral law or word of God, but rather what the blessed man had come to understand about his condition. Because facing the reality of life when the moral law was revealed to him, the righteous man understood he had rebelled against God and that according to God’s moral law he deserves to die.

Seeing that these things were true, he also had come to discover that the judgment of God was appointed and that all of humanity was under the penalty of death on account of Adam. However, upon receiving God’s instruction on how to prepare for the coming judgment, he took action, but not to obey the moral law that he might escape with his life, instead, he took hold of God’s word as a sinner and hid it in his heart because he understood according to the moral law there is no way out from under the curse of death. But having received the word of God which is God’s promise and escape plan, he hid the word in his heart that he might follow God’s instruction on how to prepare for the coming judgment.

Therefore, it is said, the blessed man is like a tree planted by rivers of water, and planted by rivers of water brings forth fruit in his season. This is a sharp contrast in comparison to the ungodly who is said to be like chaff in the wind. But we can understand why there is and was such a sharp contrast between the blessed and the ungodly man, and it is and was because of what we know according to the Psalm. God is sending a judgment we need to prepare for which is the coming season.

And it is clear from the beginning, the righteous are blessed because he believed God, and because he believed God, he is doing something to show his faith in the word of God. He is making preparation according to God’s word hidden in his heart, and he is acting on the law or instructions found within the law of God.

The blessed man upon discovering the moral law had come to understand his failure to satisfy the moral law which calls for his execution and coming to terms with his rebellion or sin accepted the reality he deserves God’s just punishment. He was a sinner whose heart was bent on rebelling against his king, and realizing he had rebelled against his king for which he was sentenced to death upon receiving the law or word of the king on how to escape with his life, he took delight in the word of God.

In other words, he didn’t take for granted the grace of the king. Psalms 1:2, But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditates day and night.” However, unlike the righteous man, the ungodly man took a different approach because upon receiving the law and or instruction of God, the rebelling man chose to reject it.

His choice, that is the ungodly man was to continue his rebellion against the king and his kingdom, and not realizing he was appointed for judgment because of his inherent nature to rebel, he was said to be like chaff in the wind. And because of his position to ignore the law of the king, the ungodly man put no effort into meditating on the law of God. In other words, he put no effort into preparing for the coming judgment, and because he put no effort in preparing for the judgment, and because he continued and persist in his rebellion and vain plans, he was taken away like chaff in the wind.”

A warning was sent out from God to the world Isaiah 17:12-14, “Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters, but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at evening tide trouble, and before the morning he is not.”

And because he had come to recognize the end of rebellion is and was defeat the blessed man was wise to have taken a different approach. And that was to prepare. He understood the king was being gracious to him and so took advantage of the opportunity and grace provided; therefore, surviving the season of judgment.

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