Reading: Psalm 119: 137-144
The psalmist declares that God’s righteousness lasts forever. Because of this, all of God’s laws and ways are also righteous. Since God’s laws and ways are always righteous, we should ever seek to understand and live out God’s statutes and precepts. If we do so, then we draw near to loving them as the psalmist does. Even in times of trouble and distress, the writer declares that God’s commands bring delight.
To this understanding from the Old Testament, we can apply our understanding of Jesus. Jesus was the fuller revelation of God as He lived in the flesh. Jesus allows us to see what it looks like to live out God’s laws and ways. Even though Jesus was in the flesh, He was still divine and lived a life without sin. In the life of Jesus, in the things He taught, and in how He lived, we have the example of what it means to live fully in God’s righteousness. Jesus defined and lived out the essence of all of God’s laws and precepts that we find in the Old Testament. He did so by loving God with all He was and by loving others as God loves them. Jesus saw all as beloved children of God and treated each accordingly.
Jesus exemplified verse 142: “Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true”. God does not change. God’s love never ends. God’s ways are true. Within these truths we seek to live as Jesus lived. Living out our faith us living right. Living out the love that Jesus pours into us is living right. Living out the truth of God so that God’s word spreads to those around us and so God’s love and light grows is living right. Whether filled with joy because of God’s blessings or struggling through a trial, these truths do not change. No matter what life may bring, God’s love and God’s ways remain true. May we always follow Jesus’ example, seeking to be God’s love and truth lived out.