Study the excerpts from the apostle Paul that accompany this reading. Does this sound like a man who believed the law of God has no place in the Christian life? Read Paul's writings carefully and you will find a man whose heart longed for the law of God as much as David's.
The law drives us to the gospel. The gospel saves us from the curse of the law, but in turn directs us back to the law to search its spirit. The law of God is still a lamp to our feet. Without it we stumble and trip and grope in darkness.
For the Christian, the greatest benefit of the law of God is its revelatory character. The law reveals to us the Lawgiver. It teaches us what is pleasing in His sight. We need to seek the law of God--to pant after it--and to delight in it. Anything less is an offense against the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Coram Deo: Pray this prayer: "Thank You for Your law, which is a lamp to my feet. Give me a heart that longs for and delights in Your law."
Romans 7:8: "But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead."
Romans 7:12: "Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good."
Romans 7:22: "For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man."
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Wow! Tim Challies continues a great series of posts over at Ligonier Blog.