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Even Moses: A Psalm Meditation

The entire Book of Psalms speaks of the Messiah’s life.

I meditate on it all day long.

Your commands are always with me

and make me wiser than my enemies.

I have more insight than all my teachers,

for I meditate on your statutes.

I have more understanding than the elders,

for I obey your precepts.

I have kept my feet from every evil path

so that I might obey your word.

I have not departed from your laws,

for you yourself have taught me.

How sweet are your words to my taste,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I gain understanding from your precepts;

therefore I hate every wrong path.

—Psalm 119:97-104

As we mature, our lives should reflect more and more of Jesus. Our precious Savior and Redeemer loved the law. It wasn’t a burden for Him; the law was freeing: a joy, a place to run to in times of trouble. We need to ask ourselves if we are maturing in this way.

It should be noted in this painting by Rembrandt that Moses, violating the commandments in his anger, smashes the first tablet of stone.

In Exodus 32:19-20, we read that “when Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” Moses, the meekest of men, bursts forth in anger.

Haven’t we all transgressed? Aren’t we all guilty? Wisdom is not gained just through growing older, getting a degree, or being specialized in some field. Wisdom comes through obedience to the Law in Thought, Word, and Deed.

Yes, we are under grace—the grace given to us in regeneration to continue on our journey, to reach our potential, and to glorify our Creator. If you love Him, you will obey Him.

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