For in my inner being I delight in God’s law
So, what do we take away from these verses? That God’s law gives delight. Perfect. We are so smart.
But seriously, what does that even mean??? How can a law be delightful? Isn’t the law on it’s own all about rules and punishment for breaking them? I don’t think so.
I posit that the law- God’s way of doing things- is of God, meaning, it’s life-giving. I don’t know that I was aware of this until I got older. God doesn’t just make up rules because he’s a control freak and an ego maniac who wants to force others to his will. (If he were, I don’t think we’d have free will to begin with.) The law is- if anything- evidence of his desire for a true relationship with us. The law brings us an awareness of sin, a knowledge of the things that tear our lives apart.
But also, the law is relational. I mean, look at the ten commandments. They are all about relating to God and to others. If that’s not an indicator that God desires a relationship with us, I don’t know what is.
It’s a law of love. It’s a law that brings wholeness and peace.
So we don’t have to live in a place of shame or legalism, or feel like God is just trying to lord our brokenness over us. He intends for us to delight in him, and in his law. It’s something we can enjoy.
If you are like me and don’t always connect the dots of enjoying the law of love through God’s Word, I encourage you to spend some time in it today, and ask the Holy Spirit to draw near and reveal what God is saying to you. Trust that he does intend for you to live in joy, in delight!