Our scripture this morning is Psalms 106:1-5.
Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord, or declare all his praise? Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times. Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you deliver them; that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory in your heritage.
This psalm reminds us of our obligation to obey God, that “those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times” (v.3) will be blessed. It tells us that following His commandments brings happiness, something that doesn’t always occur to us. Praise is always joyful, but obedience?
The term joyful obedience is found in many church liturgies and teaches that our ultimate purpose is to love and obey God’s law. Psalm 119:97 says “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long”, something that should lead us to think more about our obligations to Him. How can we fulfill God’s commands if we ignore them?
Promise yourself to spend time in God’s word more regularly. Daily reading and discussing scripture should be part of our routine, the rule rather than an occasional practice. God blesses time spent exploring our faith and sharing with Him.
Loving Lord, we are sorry for the times we have ignored Your law and gone our own way. Forgive us and help us to give You the glory and the place You deserve in our lives. Amen.