by Scarlett Stough
“Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.”
No matter how hard some try to demean or destroy the word of God, his word is still relevant today as it has always been. We suffer the consequences of ignoring and breaking his laws whether that be an attempt to fly off a height without any conveyance, suffering the effects of the law of gravity, or deciding to live a life of crime, breaking both man's laws and God's.
Psalm 119 is the longest of the psalms telling the benefits of living by the law of God. It was written in a form to make it easier to memorize since at the time, most people could not afford their own copy to read as we can today. By reading, rereading, and thinking about it often, the words of this psalm can soak into our minds, influencing our motivations and actions.
Other portions of the Scriptures give more precise instructions on keeping those laws, but this psalm reaches into our hearts to give us a desire to learn and to do what our heavenly Father has given us to do. It ends with a plea to God: “I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands” (Psalm 119:174-176).
Jesus came to be that Great Shepherd who looks for and finds those lost sheep. He came to bring that salvation we all truly long to find. Law cannot give us salvation, but God's laws can teach us how to live the new life Jesus has made possible.