Day Five: Obvious Love

Psalm 119:1-8 (NIV)

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
   who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
   and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
   but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
   that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
   in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
   when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
   as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
   do not utterly forsake me.

“In each case, there is a clear connection between keeping the commands of Christ and showing affection to Christ, between loving and obeying Jesus. By repeating himself so many times, Jesus added triple exclamation marks to this principle. This helps to ensure that we do not miss what he is saying: one of the best ways for us to show our love for Jesus is simply to do what he says.” [Ryken, Philip Graham. Loving Jesus More (Kindle Locations 777-780). Crossway. Kindle Edition.]

Love is found in action; it’s that simple! Love is not love until it is demonstrated. We can show our love for Jesus, by simply doing what God has said. In Psalm 119:1-8, the psalmist expresses his desire to be steadfast in obedience to God. Spend some time praying through these verses likewise, that we would also be steadfast in obeying the ways of the Lord.

– LB