Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Those who do His commandments shall be preserved.
20 The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. (Psalm 145:20)
Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep my commandments." Obedience is the measure of love for the Lord, not how enthusiastically we sing songs in service on Sundays. Therefore, the first line of this couplet could be written, "The Lord preserves all who obey the things that He has commanded."
Does this mean that we are justified by our obedience. Not in any measure. Put away the thought. Very clearly, we are justified by grace, through faith; it is a gift which cannot (must not) be added to. However, beyond our justification, we have a life to live. The Lord does not justify us, then leave us to live our lives without clear parameters. These parameters are defined by His commandments (His Law, if you will). Having been freely justified by His grace, then we are progressively sanctified by learning to walk in obedience to His commandments. This is our test of love. If we truly love Him who first love us, we will delight to do His will, and walking with Him will not be burdensome. We will have such a change of heart, that the commandments of God will be the things that we seek, and want to do as an expression of our love for Him who died and paid the penalty for our former disobediences.
God's Law is good, and the commandments He gives are the healthy and right way to do things. If we follow them, then we shall be preserved, and blessed, and enjoy the abiding smile of the Lord upon our lives.
On the other hand, to live a life in disobedience to the Lord's commandments is to show contempt towards Him; it is to live a wicked life. Such wickedness is abhorred by the Lord, and all the wicked He will destroy.