Friday, October 12, 2012

Perfection has its limits

Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life. I am yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws. Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit. Psalm 119: 89-96 NLT

The psalmist of 119 is convicted that God is eternal and everlasting.

God’s word stands firm in heaven.

God’s faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as all of creation.

God’s regulations are no less true today than when they were recorded.

God’s instructions are the only thing that can sustain our joy. 

God’s commandments have the power of life. 

Even when perfection has limits, God’s commands have no limit.

But how firm am I standing on God’s word and God’s commandments? I seem to flit to them and away, not seeing their endurance while my life flashes before me. Can I quietly keep my mind on God’s laws while the wicked hide along my way to kill me? I think I would be panicked instead. 

God, help us to work hard at keeping your commandments and remembering how firm and limitless your word is. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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