July 5, 2015

Psalm 119:41-56

This portion of Psalm 119 speaks to the content of heart of one wielding God’s Word. In Galatians, the Judaizers were trying to coax the new believers to follow Jewish laws simply for the sake of following the rules. Paul’s argument throughout his letter was not for the Christians to disregard God’s laws completely, but to assure them that their salvation was not earned by following the law. The law, rather, demonstrates the need for a Savior, who is the Word (John 1:1-4) and used the Word to demonstrate God’s perfection, power, and passion for his people.

In 119:45, the psalmist says he will walk “at liberty, for I seek your precepts” (NASB). In the NIV translation, it says, “I will walk in freedom.” How does following God’s law with a genuine heart for God lead us to freedom? How does following God’s law without a genuine heart for God lead to bondage?