The psalmist declares how wonderful is it is live according to God’s laws. These perfect and trustworthy laws are more previous than gold for the psalmist. How these two ideas run counter to our secular culture! Society is nothing if not tolerant and tells us to live however makes us happy. In society today, little is more important than wealth, so how could one possibly hold the law above accumulating wealth?
The beginning of Psalm 19 speaks of how the sun encompasses all with its light. The same is true of God’s laws. Although many will try to hide from His law, it surrounds them like the sun. No one can really hide because in the end there will be a consequence for this choice. So as people living under this perfect law, it is our call and command to show others the joy and peace and contentment we find in God’s ways.
In following God’s law we find life that is truly life. His ways bring wisdom, enlighten our path, and gives joy to our heart. The law also protects us from our human nature within. It leads us away from living for our human desires and helps us to find contentment and peace in what God blessed us with from out of His goodness. His ways allow us to live good, orderly, happy lives.
To live according to God’s laws and as He intended us to live is harder than living by the world’s ways. It is a hard choice to make in today’s culture. The culture says that getting more and more and more is the path to the good life. But we know where that path ends up. There is a more perfect way – the way of God. May we live by God’s ways this day and every day so that we find true peace, joy, and contentment in this earthly life and in the eternal life that is to come.
Scripture reference: Psalm 19: 7-14