March 1, 2018                                                                                                                       

Psalm 19:7-14 … “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;” vs. 7

We Christians are a silly bunch sometimes. Having fallen in love with grace as the loving word from God, we are prone to be dismissive about the law. Often we imagine that the coming of Jesus negated the law of the Lord and that in Christ we are free simply to do as we please. Jesus would have been appalled! At no point in his ministry did he ever indicate that the law could simply be ignored by those who became his followers. In fact, he undoubtedly was familiar with these words of the psalmist and would have given them a hearty “Amen!”  When the people of God, having reflected on all the ways that humans can live with each other, began to understand what the rules were, life got better for the community when those laws were obeyed. We don’t have to make the same mistakes again and again and continue to behave in foolish destructive ways. We can learn from the past…we can live by the law…and our souls will be revived. Obviously, because we are human, we can use the law of the Lord to marginalize our brothers and sisters. Jesus saw that too, and reacted against the hypocrisy of the self-righteous. But he never intended that we discard the decrees and commandments. They truly are a guide to blameless living—and we are blessed when we live by them.

Thought for the Day: What are the decrees of the Lord?