Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Precepts of the Lord Bring Joy

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Have you ever thought of the precepts, laws, commandments, or statutes of the Lord as a source of joy? Well, the answer to that question reveals a lot about the priorities and direction a Christ follower is heading spiritually. 

The Psalmist knew this only too well. He wrote, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night” [Psalm 1:1-2]. 

You see, he knew the great truth that joy and happiness comes from knowing, and keeping, God’s Word. Listen as he drives the point home, “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" [Psalm, 19:8].

“Precepts” (commandments, statues, laws in various translations) are divine guidelines for holy living. Since God told us to be holy, because He is holy, He gave us these precepts so we would know how to do that—how to live holy lives. 

That’s why the precepts are “right.” In other words, they are right and true. Knowing that brings confidence. While the world around you is discouraged and despondent for lack of purpose or direction, you know the right path because the precepts (God’s Word) is a lamp and light exposing the right path [Psalm 119:105].

Because the precepts of the Lord are right, they guide you through the difficulties of life, giving you meaning, purpose, and eternal significance. Your life has a high and holy purpose. Knowing you are on the right track is a source of great joy.  

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  Psalm 19:8; 10-11

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