Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,
and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.
Psalm 119:127–128

What is your attitude toward God’s commands? Do you fear them? Resent them? Try to get away from them?

That is a foolish attitude. God gave us His commands not to create problems for us, but to solve them; not to harm us, but to help us. God’s love is in His commands. They are given to save us from ourselves, to save us from evil, to show us the way out of our difficulties and problems.

David had learned that. That is why he said to God, “I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold.” What is more precious than gold? Nothing in this created world. But God’s commands are infinitely more precious. David understood that. Instead of running from God’s commands, therefore, or resenting them, or obeying them reluctantly, he embraced them as the tokens of God’s love for him.

Love of God’s commands automatically produced in David a corresponding attitude of hatred toward every wrong path—everything contrary to those commands. There can be no neutrality in moral issues. Love and obedience to God’s commands will cause us to recognise and turn away from all the deceptive disguises under which evil masquerades. Walking in the light of those commands keeps us from everything harmful and destructive.

Faith’s Response

I embrace God’s commands as the tokens of His love for me and I renounce all compromise with evil.

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