Joyful

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalm 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30

The reading in 2 Samuel today is about David’s ascension to the throne of Israel and includes wars, power struggles, intrigue and murder. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet in John 13, predicted his betrayal and revealed Judas as the one who would betray Him. These are interesting stories, but the thing that caught my eye in terms of belief, faith and faithfulness was the start of Psalm 119.

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s law and commandments, learning them and following them. I once read C.S. Lewis book, Reflections on the Psalms where he had some misgivings about the idea of loving laws, any laws at all. I guess I come from a different background and find that I do love the law – I love to know what is expected of me, even if I can’t live up to it. The joyful person who wrote Psalm 119 encouraged us to be wholehearted in following God’s laws.

Joyful are people of integrity,
    who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.

In verse 8, he asked for God’s help in keeping the law. In verse 11, he wrote about memorizing God’s word in his heart. He also talked about reciting and rejoicing in the law, studying and reflecting on it, and delighting in it.

How differently would I behave if I spent as much time delighting in God and His ways as I spend following my favorite sports teams? What impact would that have on my life and the life of the people around me? I think I’ve challenged myself today to “hide God’s word in my heart” and see what happens.

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