“Long ago I learned from Your statues that You established them to last forever.” -Psalm 119:152
One reason I began this blog was to tell of God’s faithfulness in my life. Through secondary infertility and parenting a child with autism, the Lord has taught me more of His character and promises which I continue to cling to. It is by the work of His grace I have faith to believe all of His ways to be good, but it is also through experience. If you’re anything like me, I tend to learn the hard way. I, like doubting Thomas, want to be shown. In His great patience and kindness, my Father has revealed Himself to me experientially through means of grace. I have also learned God is who He says He is by reading and observing other believers. Whether it is a person in the Bible, a Christian biography or someone I know, the Lord demonstrates His power and love through His people.
We read in this verse that the Lord was faithful to teach the psalmist from a young age. Older saints likely poured into him by their example, as well as teaching him God’s statutes. Yet it was God who opened his understanding, allowing him to see his sin, and the layers of wisdom found in God’s law. They are not written just to keep our noses clean, but go much deeper, penetrating the thoughts and intent of the heart. The end goal of learning God’s commands is to lead us to the Gospel. The benefit of the law is in recognizing you and I can never measure up to its holiness. In my sinful nature, I cannot keep the entire Law. So God sent Jesus, the Righteous One, to exchange my filthy rags for His Robe of Righteousness. His robe for mine. This is the great wisdom and mercy of God. Further comfort is provided as God’s statutes are firmly set, which means His promises are also established, to be faithfully fulfilled to the end of Time. The Gospel message tells us that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is a permanent payment for redeemed sinners. It is finished. Jesus and His words are eternal because God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Christian, you and I serve an immutable, everlasting Lord, Savior, Father and Friend. Take encouragement in these truths, rehearsing the Gospel back to yourself today.
“May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” -Hebrews 13:20-21
Grace upon grace,
Growing deeper: Hebrews 4:12-16