Words from the Heart for Thursday April 29th, 2021
Show your faithful love to me, your servant. Teach me your laws. I am your servant. Give me wisdom to understand your rules.
Psalm 119:124-125 (ERV)
Teach Me Your Laws
The Canadian Encyclopedia tells us that during the French regime in Canada, the process of learning was integrated into everyday life. While the French government supported the responsibility of the Catholic Church for teaching religion, mathematics, history, natural science, and French, the family was the basic unit of social organization and the main context within which almost all learning took place. Children learned skills such as gardening, spinning and land clearing. Young males were trained for various trades through an apprenticeship system.
My brother is a lawyer, and when he was a student in law school I asked him how he is able to memorize all the Canadian laws he would need to know. He answered, “you don’t have to have all the laws memorized, you just need to know where to look to find them as needed.” Thankfully, when it came to God’s laws, God kept them simple. While the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy contain a variety of dietary and social laws, God originally had wrapped up the law in ten easy-to-memorize commandments. Jesus would simplify them even more into two – love the Lord with your entire heart, soul and mind and love your neighbour as yourself. David understood something important, however. It is clear in the New Testament that it is impossible for us to be saved by keeping the law, since in our sinful state we cannot keep the law. But once we come into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to live a life that honours the Lord. Like David, in Psalm 119:124-125, we need to pray: “Show your faithful love to me, your servant. Teach me your laws. I am your servant. Give me wisdom to understand your rules.”
These have been words from the heart.