Thursday, July 5, 2018

Scripture to Meditate on

You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. 
Psalms 119:4

It's good sometimes to consult other translations. No one translation can capture all the nuances. So, this is what another translation has:

You demand that your precepts be carefully kept.

So, what do you think? Does demand capture the sense of commanded? And does carefully kept work for kept diligently? If they do, then we have some work to do. Obedience to God's Word is something that God demands - not asks for but demands. And we are to do that diligently, carefully, investing time and effort.

And what does that look like and how do we do it? The common response among American evangelicals is to say something about reading your Bible. And that, of course, is a very good thing to do. But I rather think  that the answer that the apostles would give is something like, 'Be sure that you attend and give your attention to the weekly worship of God with the rest of the saints.' That is the place where things like obedience are explained and where God's blessings overflow, resulting in the desire and ability to keep God's precepts diligently.

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