Numbers 7, Song of Songs 5, Psalm 119:25-48

Today we’re reading Numbers 7, Song of Songs 5, Psalm 119:25-48.

This devotional is about Psalm 119:45: “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”

Unbelievers sometimes complain that the Christian life is restrictive. You aren’t supposed to party and get drunk every weekend, you have to wait until you’re married to have sex, you are commanded to give to God’s work with your money, you’re supposed to worship in Sunday instead of going to the beach, and so on.

The Psalmist here in Psalm 119:45 thought that God’s commands were just the opposite of restrictive. He wrote, “I will walk about in freedom.” What kind of freedom did he have in mind? Verse 46 supplied one answer: “I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame.” That describes the ability to speak truth knowing that you won’t be refuted because God’s word is truth. Other freedoms that following God’s word gives you is the freedom from a nagging guilty conscience, freedom from the pain and consequences of sin, and freedom from the fear of death. I’m sure there are others but this is, to me, an attractive list of benefits that we receive for obedience to God’s word.

April is almost over so, if you’ve been reading these scriptures daily, you’ve had four months of regular, direct exposure to God’s word. I hope you’re thinking differently in some ways and finding some of the freedoms that are promised in scripture for those who believe and obey God’s word. But, keep it up! One day of healthy eating doesn’t make you a healthy person. One week of daily exercise doesn’t make you fit. Growing in Christ through God’s word is similar. It takes daily practice to unlock the growth benefits but they will come if you are consistent.

Psalm 119:41-88

Today read Psalm 119:41-88.

Psalm 119 is the longest (by far) chapter in the Bible. It is also unusual because the entire thing is one massive love-poem to God’s law.

Many people think of laws as restrictive and oppressive. Human laws certainly can be. Our sin natures within certainly view God’s laws that way as well. The Psalmist, however, felt differently. In verse 45 he wrote, “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” God’s law–because of God’s spirit within him–made him free to become a holy man rather than enslaved by the sinful passions which reside in all of us.

Can you look at God’s word that way? Instead of seeing it as something that binds you and restricts your freedom, can you believe by faith that obedience to it, by the grace of God, will help you evade the consequences of sin and keep you from being enslaved?