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How I Love Your Law

Psalm 119:97-104

John Shearhart

July 14, 2010

Introduction

Tonight I’m preaching a message called How I Love Your Law. The title comes from a Psalm of David in Psalm 119:97.

The Law of God is often misunderstood. I think most often people either think it’s a bunch of old do’s and don’ts or they think it’s something only applicable to the Old Testament.

But in reality the Law of God is much more than stiff regulations taking away men’s fun, and it’s as much for today as it was for those before the incarnation of Christ. Certainly there is much of it that no longer applies, but the moral Law of God has not changed. It’s still sin to worship false gods or set up graven images. Blasphemy is as sinful as always as well dishonoring your mother and father, theft, lying, and covetousness.

A couple of the old laws appear even stricter: where it was once, “You shall not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:15), it’s now, “Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt. 5:28).

“You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13) no longer requires actually killing someone (Mt. 5:21).

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)

For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 31Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. (Romans 3:28, 31)

Those who say that the Old Testament laws are entirely out of the picture are very wrong. The ceremonial law of washing and sacrificing and all the other rituals is no longer required, but God’s moral law is very much in effect.

On the other hand, those who think the Law is only rules and regulations are missing the great blessing intended from God’s Law. It is far more than rules made up by God to keep us under control.

The Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24)

God’s Law is our tutor; it’s our teacher which gives us instruction which leads us to Christ. In Galatians Paul was speaking specifically of salvation, but the Law does more than lead to salvation.

David knew this, and he wrote the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119 which is 176 verses long) in dedication to God’s Law!

Let’s look at it together as we learn to praise with him saying…

How I Love Your Law

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts. 101I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. 102I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. 103How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:97-104)

I find six reasons here to praise God and to love His Law:

1. Because It Teaches Wisdom (:97-100)

“Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I understand more than the aged, because I have observed Your precepts.”

He is wiser than his enemies because he claims God’s commandments as his own.

He is more insightful than his teachers because he meditates on God’s testimonies.

He has more understanding than the aged because he has observed God’s precepts.

My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, 2Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; 3For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; 4If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5Then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8Guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones. (Proverbs 2:1-8)

2. Because It Teaches Godliness (:101)

“I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word.”

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