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I long to obey your commandments! – Psalm 119:40a (NLT)
I will keep on obeying your instructions forever and ever. – Psalm 119:44 (NLT)
This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments. – Psalm 119:56 (NLT)
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. – Psalm 119:45 (NLT)
Desire 2 Obey==>Obedience==>Lifestyle==>Freedom
That’s how I connect with these four verses. This psalm is such a beautiful prayer to God and a theme throughout the whole thing is obedience. Obedience, radical obedience, has to come from a desire to obey what God’s telling us to do. It has to begin with understanding what He wants (we get our instruction from being immersed in Scripture), wanting to do it, making it a lifestyle as opposed to a ‘phase’ that we move on from, and the end result is a beautiful sense of freedom; knowing that you are walking in the midst of God’s will for your life and that you are doing all that He’s asking of you. When we decide to spend our lives obeying God’s commandments, it is a very serious commitment. We are committing to sacrificing certain things, to being in tune with what God is asking us to do – we are committing to a life lived in total obedience to Him no matter what. We can’t afford to be complacent in our walk with the Lord; the blessings that He has promised us are fully available to everyone but it requires obedience from us in order to get to them. At the same time, the motivation for our obedience cannot come from an attitude of entitlement. We cannot be obedient simply to gain favor from the Lord – it has to come out of a place of love for Jesus. Love and desire for Him. 2 Corinthians 5:14 says that Christ’s love controls us. This might seem like a verse that puts us in a place of feeling bound to something in a bad way but in truth it is the most freeing statement! When Christ’s love controls us and we are making a lifestyle out of our obedience to Him, that is when we experience true freedom. When we’re obedient to God we are no longer wallowing in the mess of our own lives, but experiencing freedom from all of that. When we’re obedient to God we experience a deeper level of relationship with Him because we’re listening intently to His instruction.
Desire 2 Obey==>Obedience==>Lifestyle==>Freedom==>Totally Worth It