Many times we ask the question of why? Why are there these things that God says we should not do? Why does Jesus say for us to not lust after a woman we are not married to?

God gives us commands or rules, otherwise known as laws of stuff that he says is not okay with him. Sin is disobeying these commands and laws. Simple right? Well kind of… In the New Testament Paul says that sin leads to death. Pretty serious stuff huh…

One of my friends this week reminded me of something: the ten commandments and all the other commands in the Bible have something that is above them all. Every command is driven by a law of love.

God loving us.

God giving us commands.

God loving us through these commands.

And we love God through the keeping of these commands.

May you remember that the commands of God are all about love. May this drive you to follow the commands. May you understand that all stuff the Bible says we cannot do come from a deep place of love for us.

David writes that the law of the Lord is perfect and the commands of God are sweeter than honey…more precious than gold…they are perfect…

Merry retro Christmas!

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. [a]

4 Their voice [b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

 7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

 8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

 9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.

 10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.