Psalm 111:7-10 His acts are characterized by faithfulness and justice; all his precepts are reliable. 8 they are forever firm, and should be faithfully and properly carried out. 9 He delivered His people; He ordained that His covenant be observed forever. His name is Holy and Awesome. 10 To obey the LORD is the fundamental principle for wise living; all who carry out His precepts acquire good moral insight. He will receive praise forever.
Our society has many anecdotes for how we ought to live. We are told that the golden rule – treating another person as you want him to treat you – is the main principle to live by. This is a biblical principle – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” But here in the Psalms we see a very simple rule, given by God: obey Him! So simple, and yet difficult to carry out.
The constant battle with the flesh can make us want to give up, to become deceived that this principle of always walking in wisdom is impossible. It is in the obedience of God’s precepts, however, that our eyes become opened and we can see. Herein is the mystery: we cannot gain this insight by just merely assenting or believing in God’s precepts – we understand by doing it.
And what are we choosing to obey? Not principles or fads that change depending on what we feel, or upon humanistic ideals, no – it is on the reliable precepts of God Almighty. It is based upon the One Who has never failed – never sinned – the Perfect One, Who truly knows the best path we should take. He is trustworthy and faithful and His principles last forever. We can know this by His past deeds, by His Word and His promises for the future! Go with God today. Go with His revealed Word and obey what He has revealed to you. Continue to seek Him and discover what other principles He has set for His people – not to confine you – but to establish healthy boundaries that will set you free and be a blessing to you. Walking in wisdom with our God is truly the most joyful life one can have.
Lord, I love You! How wise and Holy and awesome You are! Your precepts are life and I thank You for them! Help us to live for You and to walk in wisdom to bring You glory and to reach this lost world!
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Actually, the “Golden Rule” is biblical: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12. Yet, we cannot “do” without the power of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, if we love God and love our neighbor, our acts will follow out of those.
The doing must follow so that we become the face, the words, the hands and feet of Jesus. Great post.
Thank you so much for sharing your insight! Praise God!