September 6: The Christian and God's Law (Psalm 119:97-104)
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on church history at 9:00am in the youth room, focusing on the roots of the Reformation and how theology develops over time. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way. (ESV)
As Christians we know that we are saved not by our works but by the grace of God, reconciling us with Himself through the death of His Son. We also know that we cannot be saved by fulfilling the demands of God’s law. Christ did that for us by His perfect obedience. But does that mean that the law no longer has a place in our Christian walk? Not so. The call on New Testament believers is righteousness, and it is through God’s law that we know how we can live righteous lives before Him. This Sunday we will consider how we are to live in light of God’s law this side of the cross.
Review and Apply
1. In our passage, what were the reasons David gave as to why he loved God’s law?
2. When you think of God’s law, what emotions are stirred within you? Positive ones? Negative? Indifference perhaps? Reflect on the reasons why you feel this way.
3. What does it mean to “meditate” on God’s word? How different is biblical meditation from worldly practices that are also called “meditation?” (e.g. relaxation techniques, emptying the mind, inducing a mode of consciousness, etc.)
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