That’s a lie. I love rules.
Because I love breaking them. Pushing the lines. Asking why they are rules. Realizing they are rules for a reason and then choosing to follow them not because I’m told to, but because I can see the benefit in following them… And then breaking them just for the hell of it.
Okay, but really, I have grown in this area and I can follow rules better now-a-days- especially if I highly respect the authority figure that has made that rule.
So why do I find it so difficult to follow the rules, the statutes, the laws, the boundaries, the safeguards of the Bible, written by the highest authority figure ever who deserves and demands all of my respect?
Why is it so difficult to follow the laws of the Bible? Why is it so hard not to sin?
But also, why is it so hard to have a discipline life of studying the scriptures and enjoying hours spent in the word of God?
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. It has 176 verses and 174 of them mention God’s law, statutes, word, or scripture in one way or another. The longest chapter of the Bible is dedicated to the Bible itself. And when it was written, what was David reading? Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy – I don’t know about you, but I don’t really think of those books when I explain how Scripture gives me joy and life and a burning desire to know more and follow the laws written out.
Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
David didn’t just say “hey, God, your law is cool.” No, he said “Oh how I love your law!” The kind of “Oh” that succeeds a harsh intake of breath and precedes a man’s declaration of how stunning his wife if. *Breath* “Oh! My God you look incredible.” The kind of “oh” that only the best food can earn. “Ohhhh this steak is to die for.” The kind of “oh” that becomes a PROCLAMATION of love that you want to shout.
And how often is that how you talk about the law?
How often do you use the words ‘love’ and ‘law’ in the same sentence? Because David did it hundreds of times. Obviously this is an important idea. God doesn’t give us laws to hurt us or annoy us, He does it to keep us safe.
To keep us happy. Joyful. In love. Pure. Free from pain.
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.
I’m not great at this but I want to be. So, I’m at B.C.C., which is the Bible Core Course at YWAM in Orlando, Florida. I’ve dedicated the next twelve weeks of my life to digging into the scripture, studying many of the books deeply, and reading the entire thing out loud. (Yeah, we are literally doing that.)
All of 2018 there was one theme of my life: God is always Faithful and I’m in a desperate need for him. Every day I wanted to know more. Why does the scripture say what it says? Why, in the Gospel of Luke, does it randomly change from third person to first? (It’s cause Luke is the author and that’s when he joined them.) Why was David JOYFULLY following the law and being reduced to ‘oh, how I love’s and tears and just a puddle of poems for the book of Leviticus, or for a group of rules that I find pleasure in breaking?
I want to be a better servant for the Kingdom of Heaven, and to do so I need a better knowledge and understanding. So, B.C.C. is my next step. I would appreciate some prayer because it’s going to be an intense few weeks but oh, how I love His scripture.
I’m here in Orlando because Oh, how I love the law. How I love the rules and the meditations and the list of names I can’t pronounce because it’s proof that God planned it all, that He is an everlasting, generational God who lasts throughout man-kind and who was faithful in promising the coming of His son generations before He would come.
Because Oh, how I want to discover basic truths of my religion for myself. Because Oh, how I desire to have first hand revelations of truths I’ve known for years but never truly understood or felt.
Because Oh, how I love that I am so incredibly grateful to get to read the ONE timeless book that is filled with TRUTH that will never be subjected to human emotions or popular opinion because His Truth is untouchable and above all and forever timeless.
Because Oh, how I am blessed to be reading the one book who’s author will never die. Because I get to open the book and have the author there with me, telling me what He meant by that. Because I’m studying the one book that the readers do not get to decide what the author meant, because He is Creator and Lord of all.
Because Oh, how I adore my God and Oh, how I adore His words.