Key No. 4: Realize That Delighting in His Commandments Leads to Blessing
Often when we think of God’s commandments, or His laws, we immediately return to the Big 10, the ones Moses brought down on tablets from Mount Sinai. But God’s commandments aren’t limited to those. In fact, there are hundreds of commands in the Old Testament alone.However, as it became glaringly clear under the Old Covenant, God’s people have always been unable to follow His laws in their own strength. It took Jesus’ sacrifice to erase the stain of their sin.
Thankfully, Jesus showed God’s people another way, a way beyond rote obedience and a way into relationship. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus summed up all the Old Testament commandments in one word love:
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.
Loving God wholeheartedly and loving others is your No. 1 command. When you endeavor to keep the command of love with a pure motive, you are delighting in God’s commands.
But as we go back and consider Psalm 112:1, let’s look beyond the letter of God’s Word and reflect on its spirit. This verse and every verse addressing the gratitude for and faithfulness to God’s commands reflects a deeper calling to treasure His Word. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.” It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
We don’t have to walk around wondering why we’re not blessed! God gave us His Word to help us understand Him and His ways, and to assist us in living lives that reflect our salvation.
Key No. 5: Realize That God’s Commands Are There to Bless You
The whole purpose of God’s commands is to set you up for THE BLESSING and prevent you from cursings that lead to death. Much like parents who give their children instructions that will prevent them from hurting themselves when they don’t know any better, God gives us instructions to keep us from getting hurt in this life. And He does it for one reason and one reason only because He loves us.
Back to Psalm 112:1, do you delight in the Lord’s commands? If His commands are burdensome, it’s probably because you haven’t yet understood just how much He already loves you.
“I know God loves me,” you might insist.
Perhaps that’s true. But there’s a difference between mentally assenting to God’s love and really believing it with your heart. When you really believe from your heart that God loves you with a deep, passionate love, you will understand that His commands are given to you out of that love. You will delight yourself in them because you trust God’s love for you. You know that He’s not holding back or trying to punish you, but instead, His commands will lead to abundant life, protection from evil, and blessing.
Key No. 6:Realize That God Loves You and Wants You Blessed
God loves you so much, and He desires an intimate relationship with you. First John 4:19 reminds us that “we love each other because He loved us first.” It is only out of that love, God’s love, that His blessings are possible. In fact, God demonstrated His love for us in that Christ died for us while we were yet still sinners (Romans 5:8). You are so important to God that He sent Jesus to ensure that you have the choice to live in relationship with Him forever and be blessed.
God wants you to delight in Him so that THE BLESSING will overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2, NKJV). If you’re not experiencing God’s blessings, meditate on these six keys. Seek the Lord and ask Him to give you revelation. Delighting yourself in the Lord’s commands is easy when you understand just how much the Lord truly loves you. When you realize His eternal love for you, you can’t help but delight in Him and His Word. As you do, His commands won’t be burdensome, and you will experience great peace and joy as a result of choosing life and blessings. Be patient and diligent to fight the good fight of faith, and THE BLESSING of the Lord will soon overtake you!