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Walking at Liberty

August 30, 2017

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Walking at Liberty

Psalm 119 is the longest book  in the Bible  with its 176 verses.     There are so many things  God wants us  to learn  from it.     Verse 45  is especially intriguing.     It says,

And I will walk  at liberty,  for I seek  Thy precepts.

The psalmist is saying  exactly the opposite  of what the world tries  to claim  in its arrogance.     God’s precepts  are all  of His commandments  and mandates.    It includes everything  God has given us  to do  as a child  of God.

It includes the Ten Commandments:  have no other gods,  do not misuse the name  of the LORD,  keep the Sabbath day holy,  honor parents,  do not murder,  commit adultery,  steal,  lie,  or covet.

And it includes  all the detailed explanations  of those Ten Commandments,  like:  love the LORD  with your all your heart,  soul,  mind  and strength — love your neighbor  as yourself — avoid false doctrines — be godly  in your lifestyle — do not be arrogant  or proud,  etc.

The world claims  that all  of these commandments  tie us down  and unfairly take away the freedoms  we should be allowed.     They want the “freedom”  to do as they please.     They also claim  that God has no right  to tell them  what to do  in their sex life — in their business dealings — in what  and how  they choose  to worship — and even  in what is justice  and righteousness.

But the psalmist shows us  a truth  that he discovered.     He found out  that when he lives  according to all  of God’s commands  and ways,  he has liberty — real liberty.     God’s commandments  do not confine us,  as the world  would have us believe.

It’s as Jesus explains  in John 8:31-32,

If you abide  in My word,  then you are truly disciples  of Mine;  and you shall know  the truth,  and the truth  shall make you free.”

Abiding in God’s word  is living the way  God has commanded,  in faith,  hope,  and love.    As we honestly live  as God wants us to,  we will see  and understand  how God’s ways  are so wondrously good  —  and good  for us.

God’s commands  give us the freedom  that can be found only  by living  in His truth.     It is the truth  of God’s immense,  sacrificial love  and salvation  in Christ alone  for us — the truth  of our being  a creation  of God — the truth  of God’s faithfulness,  holiness,  justness,  righteousness — and much,  much more.

God’s truth  opens us up  to discovering real love — a love  that the world  is totally blind to.     There is nothing more marvelous  than living  in that love — and it’s especially  for us.

As we live  in that true freedom  and revel  in all its beauty,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love  is more than words  can tell.”

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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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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