The Law of God — Simply Instructions In Which We Are to Live

Wilhelmus á Brakel writes:

The rule for holiness is the law of God… Torah, whic is the Hebrew word for ‘law,’ is derived from ‘hora’, which means ‘to teach,’ ‘to instruct.’ A law is thus a lesson or instruction in the way which one ought to go.

O, that we would learn the simplicity of God’s Law to us.  Far too often, we come to God’s law, thinking about how it restricts us, binds us, and keeps us from worldly pleasures. Yet, true contentment is found in God’s law, and obedience to the Lawgiver. His words to us are His guides for us. We are not restricted by keeping the law, but blessed in doing so.

Yes, as the Apostle Paul says, the Law shows us our sin and in doing so, drives us to the cross. But in Christ, His commandments are pleasing to us because they reveal God’s holiness to us, and show us how it is that we should live. á Brakel continues:

God alone, by virtue of His nature, is the majestic and exalted One. He gives life to man and by His influence preserves his being. The LORD Himself is worthy of being obeyed. He has the authority to issue commands, even if there were no creature. The existence of the creature presupposes its origin in Him, and therefore the creature is subject to Him in his existence and functioning. The creature is furthermore obligated to render all obedience to is Maker. Even if the intelligent creature did not have an express command, he is nevertheless, from the first moment of his existence, obligated to obey God as the only Lawgiver in all that He has impressed upon his nature and in all that He would either command or prohibit relative to a variety of matters.

We would do well to remember this truth and reality. God has given us life, and His Law, to be obeyed and cherished, for in the Law, we catch just a glimpse of how holy He is, and how needful we are for the gospel. Let us learn from á Brakel, and from the Psalmist:

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!
~Psalm 119~