THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
LIVING ACCORDING TO GOD’S LAW
November 12, 2009
Today’s reading from Psalm 119:89-175 gives wonderful
instruction by which we are to live according to God’s
law, and is intimately connected with our theme for 2010.
God does lead us in the way we are to go. If we follow, we
make it all the way to heaven.
starting point, as with everything else, is who God is. He
is the Almighty, and He is just and righteous. “You
are righteous, Lord, and just are your edicts.” (Ps
119:137). Such was also the prayer of that wonderful man Tobit.
“You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just”
(Tb 3:2a). Tobit, grief-stricken in spirit, started off his
prayer to God with this. In our lamentations, whenever we
have nowhere else to turn but God, this too must be our starting
must always have this confidence: “Your justice is forever
right” (Ps 119:142a). Righteousness has to do with what
is right, as far as God is concerned. We are righteous when
we are and we do what is right, that is, when our lives are
right with God.
do we know if we are living in the right? We look to God’s
law. “Your justice is forever right, your teaching forever
true.” (Ps 119:142).
Psalm 119 gives us various words for teaching. These are word,
truth, edict, precept, decree, command, promise, law. The
psalmist mentions these words over and over, in every verse.
God’s teaching is very important, nay, crucial for our
points us to the importance of the Bible, which is the primary
source of God’s teaching. This is why we have this in
our covenant. We are to read the Bible every day. The aim
is for God’s teaching in the Bible to permeate our lives.
God’s word is what can truly change and transform us.
If we do not read, meditate on and study the Bible, then we
cannot truly know Christ and the life that he offers us.
I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long.”
What are the fruits of knowing God’s teaching?
it gives us wisdom (Ps 119:98-100). Wisdom is not just knowing
a lot of things in our head, but is knowing how to live according
to God’s ways. With wisdom, we are able to “keep
(our) steps from every evil path” (Ps 119:101a). With
insight from God, we are led to recognize and to “hate
all false ways” (Ps 119:104).
wisdom, we recognize evil in the world. Then we hate what
is wrong (Ps 119:128b), we hate hypocrisy (Ps 119:113a), we
abhor falsehood (Ps 119:163a), we shun the path of the wicked
(Ps 119:115a), we reject the ways of those who stray from
God’s law and who are deceitful (Ps 119:118), we loath
the way of the faithless (Ps 119:158a), we grieve at the disobedience
of others (Ps 119:136).
we live according to God’s ways, given a God who is
just, as we look to God who is reliable in all His commands
(Ps 119:151), then wisdom brings us life, and life in abundance.
“Your decrees are forever just; give me discernment
that I may live.” (Ps 119:144).
Second, it brings us to a proper posture before God the Almighty,
which is awe or reverential fear. “My flesh shudders
with dread of you; I hold your edicts in awe.” (Ps 119:120).
Then we realize what is due to such a God, which is worship.
“May my lips pour forth your praise, because you teach
me your laws.” (Ps 119:171). “Seven times a day
I praise you because your edicts are just.” (Ps 119:164).
“Let me live to praise you” (Ps 119:175a).
Third, it helps us in our affliction. Trials, crosses and
suffering will always be there in life. We cannot avoid them.
So what needs to happen is for us to be able to face them
and survive, even thrive. This can only happen as we know
who God is (just and righteous), and as we look to His ways
God’s word is life. “I am very much afflicted,
Lord; give me life in accord with your word.” (Ps 119:107).
is our help and refuge. “Look at my affliction and rescue
me, for I have not forgotten your teaching.” (Ps 119:153).
We can hope in Him. “You are my refuge and shield; in
your word I hope.” (Ps 119:114).
God gives us wisdom about suffering, which is discipline and
purification for His beloved. “Had your teaching not
been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”
(Ps 119:92). “Though distress and anguish come upon
me, your commands are my delight.” (Ps 119:143).
God comforts us whenever we are oppressed. When we are unjustly
persecuted, we turn to the One who is just and righteous,
and we know that God hears and answers the prayers of His
faithful ones. “I have fulfilled your just edict; do
not abandon me to my oppressors. Guarantee your servant’s
welfare; do not let the arrogant oppress me.” (Ps 119:121-122).
Fourth, it beings peace and joy to our lives. “Lovers
of your teaching have much peace; for them there is no stumbling
block.” (Ps 119:165). “I rejoice at your promise,
as one who has found rich spoil.” (Ps 119:162). The
bottom line for an abundant life in God is peace and joy.
If we are peaceful and joyful, whatever our circumstances
in life, then we have what God desires for us.
Fifth, it assures us of our eternal reward, which we all long
for. “My eyes long to see your salvation and the justice
of your promise.” (Ps 119:123).
We are made in the image and likeness of God and we belong
to Him. He is just and righteous and so too should we be.
To live as a Christian is difficult and challenging, but God
who called us guides us in the way we are to go.
look to Jesus, the Word who lives in us. We look to God’s
word, the Bible, the enduring fount of wisdom and guidance.
“Your word, Lord, stands forever” (Ps 119:89a).
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