Direction of Obedience

September 23, 2021

Direction of Obedience

Psalms 119:11

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

We live in a world where values, what is socially acceptable and right, are changing.  If a child is simply raised with worldly values, then their thinking and behavior will always be trying to find that ever shifting standard of right and wrong.  Even we who are rooted and grounded in Christ can struggle with justifying our behavior and thinking based on worldly acceptance.  This scripture in the Psalms helps us to see that it is not the people of society that we are trying to live right for.  The Lord is first and foremost the One we live for and are accountable too.  In order to please, serve and obey Him we must know what His mind is and what His standards are.  This is why we can be so thankful that God has given us His Word, so that we have a standard of righteousness and acceptable living that is not constantly shifting with every whim and opinion of men.  It stands on a rock foundation and abides steadfast through the seasons and shifting sands of time.  Our obedience is at the forefront of God’s agenda for our lives.  Often, we try and give Him substitutes like King Saul when Samuel came to Him, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.”  Here we see that disobedience to God, no matter how piously we wrap it, is a rejection of God’s Word.  God’s Word is given to us to be the standard of holiness and righteousness.  Our sin is always a source of separation between our relationship with the Father and us.  Jesus indeed reconciled us back to the Father through the cross and the shedding of His blood.  The road home has already been paved through the blood of Jesus and His unwavering obedience to the Father’s will, even in the face of the most agonizing suffering and even worse the Father’s separation from Him as He bear the sins of mankind. 

               Jesus tells us in John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”  The way we express our love to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is through our obedience to the Word.  The Psalmist tells us that the way to possess the Word is not by picking up the book, dusting it off and looking a particular text; it is by meditating in it day and night and getting it into your heart, your mind and your being.  What is it to have the mind of Christ if it is not having His Word in your heart to guide and give directions to your actions and decisions?  Psalms 1:1-6 declares to us this very principle, “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”  The way we know the way of righteousness is because we feed upon His Word.  It ‘s values, life and divine direction become ours.  Obedience is one of our primary inroads to God’s divine presence and relationship with Him.  If His Word is hid in our hearts then we have a check and a standard that puts up red flags in our lives when we are stepping out of the boundaries of God’s will.  Our willingness to yield to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the Word that is set to instruct and guide us, will help us to turn away from sin.  It will help us to walk in the ways of righteousness for His namesake.  The direction of obedience is found through the Word of God.  The person that possesses the Word and is exercised thereby, possesses Life.

               Psalms 138:2, ” I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”



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