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APPRECIATING GOD’S LAW – February 6

Man fell into sin when he accepted Satan’s word and rejected God’s. Then he was no longer able to hear God speak through the heavenly bodies. But then he also lost all ability to keep God’s law according to which he was created. Satan taught man to think only of his own glory and to turn his back upon God’s holy law.

But in His grace God came to speak to man and to restore him to his calling to glorify God. And the reborn child of God who listens to that law of God becomes wise. His eyes are enlightened by that law, and his heart rejoices. Serving God does not become a painful chore but a de-lightful work.

David says that in Psalm 19:8 with these words, “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” However, David is not simply thinking of the Ten Com-mandments. He has in mind God’s Word, the Scriptures wherein the law given at Mt. Sinai is found. He means all that God speaks to us in human language. The whole pur¬pose of God’s Word is to restore us to our calling to glorify Him consciously and willingly.

The question is whether we listen to that Word and want to listen to Him speak to us from it. The question is whether we can sincerely sing:

The precepts of the Lord are right;
With joy they fill the heart;
The Lord’s commandments all are pure
And clearest light impart.

Only as we hear God speak in His law are we able to hear Him speak through heavenly bodies. That is why only in His church do you find those who confess Him to be God, and do so with delight. Here is a sign that you have been born again. If your heart is filled with joy when you hear God’s law, the life of Christ has been instilled in you. He delighted in that law and gives that delight to those whom the Father gave Him. And you will sing: “0 how love I Thy law! It is my meditation day and night.” Then you, as well as the heavens, will declare the glory of God.

Read: Psalm 119:97-120

Psalter versification: 41:2

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Feb 6, 2019

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