“I remember Your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them.” -Psalm 119:52
The psalmist remembers the ancient laws of the Torah. The first five books of Scripture were written by Moses, and considered very precious to the Israelites like the psalmist. He sees God’s hand of faithfulness at work in Israel’s redemptive history. The psalmist gazes intently on God’s laws drawing comfort from them.
In reading through the Old Testament laws the common theme of the Lord’s holiness and justice emerges. Our God is Holy. Holy. Holy. He demands holiness from us. How is this comforting for people who daily fail God’s standard? Because He made a way for us to come to Him. God is perfectly just and will pour out wrath on all His enemies. But God who is rich in mercy will dwell with His redeemed saints. This is why God the Father sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins, interceding for us as a High Priest (Hebrews 10:1-23). It is not that we could ever approach Him on our own merit, in our own strength. He had to become approachable for us to ever come to Christ. Remembering God’s laws are good as we see His holiness proclaimed.
Our comfort is this- Jesus died for sinners so that we might share in His holiness, imperfectly now, yet one day free from the effects of sin, enjoying perfect holy fellowship with the One who loves us best.
Grace upon grace,
Grow deeper: John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; 1 John 3:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:12