Our scripture this morning is Psalms 19:7-11.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
This psalm passage teaches us about the guidance God gives us. It is much different than the often harsh edicts of man, instead it is sent in love that we might live for Him. God wants us to be connected to Him and each other, sharing the joy of creation together.
The psalmist tells us that following the law of the Lord brings gladness simply because it is the way we are made. God intended us to have certain responsibilities, to Him and to our brothers and sisters, and fulfilling these makes us happy. Obedience is not intended as a burden but a blessing!
Think about the things we are called to do and rather than an obligation, see them as a welcome duty. God has work for each of us and gives the gifts needed to accomplish each task. We are part of His plan for eternity, called by name in His service.
Wise and wonderful God, we are humbled to be included in all You are doing. Strengthen us to be Your people, equipped and sent to all the world. Amen.