Our scripture this morning is Psalms 119:111-114
I claim your rules as my permanent possession, for they give me joy. I am determined to obey your statutes at all times, to the very end. I hate people with divided loyalties, but I love your law. You are my hiding place and my shield. I find hope in your word.
This psalm is the longest chapter in the Bible, but today we focus on just a few verses dealing with God’s law. The psalmist speaks not just of obeying but states “I claim your rules as my permanent possession, for they give me joy”. Making God’s will part of our lives brings us closer to Him and to each other.
We read that people with “divided loyalties” are to be avoided. We must reach out with God’s love to everyone, but be careful not to fall into sin through association with those who do not obey His word. Those who love God’s law will keep it, even in the face of opposition.
God provides protection for us, a “hiding place and my shield”. This doesn’t mean we can run away from our responsibility to share the Gospel, however we know that He is with us to strengthen us. His word gives us hope for the promise of salvation and eternal life with Him.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for Your word, shared through scripture and faithful disciples. Help us to be strong workers for Your kingdom, bringing the Good News to the world. Amen.