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I Long for Your Precepts

August 26, 2015

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I Long  for Your Precepts

“Precepts”  are rules  of moral conduct,  so we see them  in God’s commandments.     A lot  of people bulk  at being told  to obey God’s commandments.     They probably don’t consider  that God obeys  all the “precepts”  He has given  to people.     God’s  “precepts”  are expressions  of love  because they lead us  in being loving  towards God  and everyone around us.

We want people  to obey God’s  “precepts”  in their actions  towards us.     We don’t want them  to steal from us,  kill us,  rape us,  lie to us,  or slander us.     So,  it only makes sense  that they want us  to treat them lovingly  also  —  and it would be nice  if we really did so.

The writer  of Psalm 119  (the longest Psalm)  used the word “precepts”  many times  —  because  he really wanted  his heart  to be in step  with God’s heart.     In Psalm 119:40,  he wrote,

I long  for Your precepts;
By Your righteousness  give me life.

He dearly wanted  all God’s commandments  to be ingrained  in his heart,  so he would want  to obey them  —  yet,  he realized  that only God’s  “righteousness”,  through our faith  in the Savior,  could really give him eternal  “life”.     Our goodness  doesn’t save us  —  but,  God’s “righteousness”  in staying true  to His  “precepts”  of love  does save us  through faith  in our Savior.

The psalmist also explained  to God  why  he so desperately wanted God’s  “precepts”  in his heart.     He explained  in Psalm 119:104,

From  Your precepts  I get understanding;
Therefore  I hate  every false way.

We need  a real  “understanding”  of the difference  between right and wrong  —  good and evil.     With the right “understanding”  we are more likely  to see the beauty  of God’s love  and want to obey  His “precepts”.

Understanding real love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  led You  to suffer and die  to pay for my sins.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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