Why we Do What we Do
Reading: Psalm 119:113-128
"Give discernment to me, Your servant;
then I will understand Your decrees" (Psa 119:125)
Often we are told by preachers and people that we must obey God blindly; but God would have us understand WHY we must obey Him. No doubt our obedience must be implicit and immediate, but God is only pleased when it is intelligent too.
In Hebrews 3:7 we read, "THEREFORE, do not harden your hearts if you hear God's voice today." The writer of the Epistle in the two previous verses states twin reasons for calling for obedience. One was that Moses was faithful in God's house as a servant, and next, Christ is faithful over God's house as a Son. In other words, Moses understood that he was a servant of God and that demanded faithful obedience; and Christ obeyed His Father as a Son. Applying the same principle to us, when we know that God is our Creator, we will obey Him as His creatures. When Christ is our King, we obey Him as His citizens. He is the Captain, so we obey Him as His soldiers. He is the Lord and Master, so we obey Him as His disciples. That's why He once rebuked His disciples, "Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" (Lk 6:46). If Christ is the Head, we ought to obey Him as the organs of His body. This is intelligent obedience.
David was a man after God's own heart, but that does not mean he never disobeyed God. He did have difficulties in obeying God in everything. That's why he frequently prayed, "O Lord, give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law... Give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments... that I may know your testimonies" (Psa 119:34,73b,125). Yes, God does not demand from us blind obedience, but He desires brilliant obedience. Intelligent obedience gives no room for halfheartedness.
Why do horses and donkeys and other animals find it difficult to obey their masters? Because, they have no understanding. That's why God admonishes us, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go... Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, or else they will not come near you!" (Psa 32:8,9).
do we get facts from? It's all from the Word of God. It imparts
understanding of eternal facts in our inner man. God's Word gives us
clear-cut understanding of divine truth. Plain truth. Just facts. No
compromise (Heb 4:11,12). Systematic meditation of the Scriptures keeps
our spirits soft and submitted to the Rule of God in our lives.
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