Longing to Know the Truth

Longing to Know the Truth

Teach me your decrees, O Lord;
    I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions;
    I will put them into practice with all my heart.
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
    for that is where my happiness is found.

Psalm 119:33-35

The world has been a tough place to live these last few years. There has just been so much. So much division. So much chaos. So much evil.

I often feel like it is getting worse. Sometimes I am even tempted to believe that this is the worst it has ever been. But we can see in the Bible that confusion, chaos, and evil always take over when people turn away from God and His ways. The epic saga of the Israelites proves this reality true.

In my own life, God has proven this true as well. As He has broken me free from world ways, sometimes painfully for a season, I have come to find the Psalmist's words true: walking along the path of God's commands is where my happiness is found. So, I have been praying for God to help me see wrongful ways that I still submit to world systems and break free so I can follow Him.

So recently when God challenged me to "learn the law," "meditate on the law" and  "love the law" it only made sense (Psalm 1:2, 119:33, 97).

In a world increasing in relativity, I want to know the absolute truth. I want to meditate on the truth so I can allow God to teach me His ways and apply them to my life. And I want to love His law, knowing it as God's best for me.

I long to know the truth and be set free. 

Over these next few weeks, I will be studying Exodus from the time God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments and Leviticus where He teaches them how to apply the law in their everyday life. I will also be praying for an open mind and humble heart, because in all honesty, I was like "really Lord,...the law?" when I first felt His leading.  But I trust God's goodness and His plan. I also know that I have a high priest who sacrificed His life for me so I can read to learn and grow in my faith, not be condemned.

I am excited to see what God shows me and excited to share it with you!

May we all grow in truth and walk towards freedom.

Drink From the Well: 

Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”  Exodus 19:5-6 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

The first step to loving God's law is looking at it differently. It is not simply a set of rules to be followed. It is the call to a mission to be holy, set apart from the world in order to be a blessing to the world. This set-apartness included much more than religious practices as well. The law includes their social, economic, and political lives. The Israelites were called to live totally different lives than the world around them. The world filled with idolatry, oppression, and evil practices. God was teaching them how to live rightly in the way that they would love Him and love others.

Both these passages call God's chosen people priests. People who would live differently and be a blessing to those around them, and how that will show others the goodness of God.

Have you ever met someone that radiates the goodness of God? How were they different from others?

 

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:1-3

Exactly two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai.  After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and set up camp there at the base of Mount Sinai.

 Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” Exodus 19:1-6

The Israelite nation was part of the Abrahamic covenant. They were called by God to fulfill the role of being a blessing to others. God would teach them how to be the blessing through His law.

But we must keep in mind that this was after He rescued them from slavery and redeemed them. The law was not a condition of their salvation. They were already free. It was an invitation to live in a way that would bless them and bless others. The same is true for you and me.

What changes when we understand that following God's law is not conditional to our salvation, but rather an invitation to living a better life?

 

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
    bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
    giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb. Psalm 19:8-10

David often sang about loving God's law. In Psalm 19, he writes about how God's law leads to reviving of the soul, bringing joy to the heart, and giving insight for living. Then He calls them more desirable than gold or honey.

I certainly feel this way for the wrongful ways God has freed me from. Do you have any examples of wrongful ways that God showed you a better way? Praise God for them now by writing or singing this Psalm of praise.

 

Break Up With the World

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. Matthew 5:17

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

God's law really can be summed up as the law of love. When we love God and obey Him, He guides us to love others. Why? Because God is love and He loves all His children.

We can learn to live in this way of love, by allowing God to teach us and transform us by learning His ways and breaking up with any wrongful worldly ways.

Let's Pray: 

Teach me your decrees, O Lord;
    I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions;
    I will put them into practice with all my heart.
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
    for that is where my happiness is found (Psalm 119:33-35)

In Jesus's name, Amen.

Micah Ruth

2 Comments

  1. Patricia LaCore on June 6, 2022 at 10:08 AM

    This is on time!!! Thank you for this! Looking forward too studying, digging deeper & breaking free!

    • Micah Ruth on June 6, 2022 at 12:18 PM

      Right! God is always on time. I am looking forward to what He shows me too. I would love for you to share anything He shows you as well.

      Prayers for truth that leads to freedom!
      Micah

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