Not only has God healed my heart, but He has also set it free. That freedom leads me to run in the path of His desire for my life. His freedom leads to my commitment to do what He wants for me.
Freedom leading to willing obedience is His way. And I run in it!! Willingly. Gladly.
Here are the key ideas:
- Obedience leads to freedom.
- God’s goal for us is for us to obey him and his commands.
- Obedience is required because God is God.
- God is in a good mood and sets our hearts free.
I pursue the way of your commands, for you broaden my understanding [setting my heart free].
Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Psalm 119:32). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Yahweh [the Lord] is the source of all life. Only he can rejuvenate those who are bowed down. The psalmist sought clarity, relying on God to help him understand and apply the Torah to his life. The righteous person rejects the way of deceivers, and depends on Yahweh [the Lord] to keep him on the path of righteousness.
Jesus broadens our understand of God’s commands. God’s commands are a huge deal. Jesus narrowed them down to two. (1) Love God (2) Love our neighbors. Jesus is serious about obeying God.
Many people mistakenly look at the Ten Commandments as a set of rules that, if followed, will guarantee entrance into heaven after death. In contrast, the purpose of the Ten Commandments is to force people to realize that they cannot perfectly obey the Law , and are therefore in need of God’s mercy and grace. Mission accomplished. I know have missed God’s goal for my life (aka sin) and need mercy.
Despite the claims of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16, no one can perfectly obey the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments demonstrate that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and are therefore in need of God’s mercy and grace, available only through faith in Jesus the Messiah.
- Matthew 22:36–40 (CSB) — 36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
- Matthew 15:3 (CSB) — 3 He answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?
- Mark 7:8 (CSB) — 8 Abandoning the command of God, you hold on to human tradition.”
- Acts 13:46–47 (CSB) — 46 Paul and Barnabas boldly replied, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first. Since you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles to bring salvation to the end of the earth.”
- Acts 17:30 (CSB) — 30 “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent,
- Romans 1:32 (CSB) — 32 Although they know God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.
- 1 Timothy 1:1 (CSB) — 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope:
- Titus 1:3 (CSB) — 3 In his own time he has revealed his word in the preaching with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior:
- 1 John 3:23 (CSB) — 23 Now this is his command: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as he commanded us.
- 1 John 4:21 (CSB) — 21 And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.
- 2 John 4 (CSB) — 4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father.