Sunday, February 13, 2011
If I Choose
Those are powerful words. In today's culture, they mean I can do what I want; the world thinks that is freedom, but it is license. When God says those words, there is true freedom in them. There is the freedom He gives us to choose life in Him through Christ in living out His commandments. That choice gives us the freedom to do what is right. If I choose to keep God's commandments, they will save me; if I trust Him He will save me. This is true choice, and by making it I choose to love God, not the world.
But I cannot make this choice by my own will. The ways and temptations of the world are too strong, and I am too weak. I need God and His grace to make this life giving choice. The psalmist gives us the words to beg for that grace: Open my eyes, instruct me, and give me discernment, that I may observe your laws and statutes and keep them with all my heart. (see Psalm 119) In order to be more righteous than the scribes and pharisees I need faith. They had none and so there righteousness was a self~centered one.
If I choose to keep God's commandments through faith, love and trust, the Spirit will reveal to me what eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, and all that God has prepared for those who love Him. (Corinthians 2:6~10)
So as Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount today, outlining God's commandments, let us listen to Him with faith, love and trust. Let us beg Him for the grace to choose life~ life that is freely liven in Him and for Him.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.