Words from the Heart for Friday November 12th, 2021
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
Psalm 119:45 (NLT)
Back in 2020, the website netherlandsandyou.nl said this: “Canadians helped liberate the Netherlands 75 years ago. In both the Netherlands and in Canada, we pause to reflect on how our allies, including many Canadians, made the ultimate sacrifices to liberate us from Nazi occupation. We express our eternal gratitude and celebrate the fact that, since 1945, we have been living again in freedom. We will never forget that more than 7,500 Canadians gave their lives in the effort to free our country, and we will be forever grateful.”
What is freedom? We have been hearing a lot about freedom throughout the pandemic – as lockdowns have occurred and we have been forced to live in ways we never thought possible in this country. But what does the Bible say about freedom? In Psalm 119:45, King David writes this, “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” Now, to the world, keeping God’s commandments is seen as imprisoning. Freedom to the world is the ability to live any way they like, with no restraints. But our Creator knows that with our sinful nature, this kind of so called freedom only leads to guilt and shame, to broken promises and broken relationships, to emotional, psychological and physical pain and illness. What appears to be freedom often leads to a much deeper imprisonment. Biblical freedom is marked by the forgiveness of our sins, being set free from sin, guilt and shame. And as we live a life of thankfulness for the gift of eternal life, and that thankfulness is marked by obedience to the Lord’s call and commands, we walk in freedom and victory over that which would bind us again.
These have been words from the heart.