Friday, August 24, 2007

Forget Not His Commandments

Prov. 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

It is vitally important that we never forget that God's law is essentially a statement of God's holiness, even though we are saved by grace and not by the works of the law. We should desire to know and follow God's commandments simply because they are "holy, and just, and good" (Rom. 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.), not because we seek salvation through them.

In Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible, in which practically every verse refers to God's Word, the Scriptures, the writer stresses seven times that he would never forget the laws and commandments of His Lord. May the Lord teach us the same determination!!!

Psalm 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Psalm 119:83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.

Psalm 119:93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Psalm 119:109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.

Psalm 119:141 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

Psalm 119:153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

This last verse in the chapter beautifully points out the urgency of not forgetting the commandments of God; He will seek us when we stray and bring us back home to Him, for we remember and love His law!!!
(By HMM in Days of Praise)

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