When I read that definition, I think “this is something I must pay attention to and follow.” If it is a decree, it is non-negotiable, right?
Wait! If that is true, why don’t we see the word of God as non-negotiable? God has decreed his ways through the Bible yet it is so easy to brush that off. It shouldn’t be but we have allowed it to be so.
The Psalmist wrote what I see as almost the key verse of chapter 119 in verse 112:
My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
He sees just how important the word of God is and so he has set it in his heart that keeping the decrees of the Lord is what he will do. I need to be that focused.
I noticed when I got onto my Bible app earlier that it was congratulating me for “connecting with God’s word” for two days in a row. Really? Should I be congratulated for that or should it be chastising me for not having a better record?
Looking at Psalm 119, we see just how many days in a row we should be connecting – every single one. The major theme in the verse that use the word DECREE(S) in the NIV is “teach me your decrees, God.” Over and over and over. The Psalmist is pleading with God to be taught.
We are so blessed in that we have the word of God right at our fingertips, in a hundred different ways each and every day. Are we seeking to be taught as the Psalmist did?
Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. (verse 33)
I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. (verse 26)
Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. (verse 12)
Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. (verse 124)
These are just a few of the verses that plead with God to be taught. I should be following this example and pleading to be taught.
How can I do this? I don’t actually have to get down on my knees and beg to be taught by God. I had seen my errors in allowing my daily Bible time to go by the way-side, so I have been working to implement some new habits and schedules to help me. Because I want to know God’s decrees. My options:
- quiet time by myself first thing in the morning
- reading aloud to my children
- reading quietly with one of my children
- listening to the Bible or to verses set to music
- devotional books
- singing hymns
- quoting scripture or working on memorizing more
These are just a few options but I must learn more. I cannot follow that which I do not know.
You are good and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. (verse 68)