Playing the Game of Life
Read: PSALM 119:129-136
I’ve never been someone who watches a lot of professional sports. Recently, however, our kids have started playing soccer, baseball, and basketball, so I’ve needed to learn the rules of the games. Learning those rules has made watching the games more enjoyable. I now understand what’s happening. The rules bring order and structure so players are free to excel and enjoy.
The psalmist in today’s reading understands that God’s commandments are given to us to provide order for the sake of God’s glory and our joy. God’s commandments, summarized by Jesus as “Love the Lord your God” and “Love your neighbor as yourself,” bring freedom. Still, as the psalmist writes, “iniquity” and “oppression” threaten to bring sorrow, disorder, and chaos.
By the gracious power of the Holy Spirit, we are invited to continually turn back to the way of love that God has marked out for us, so that we can “play the game” of life with joy.
Lord, help me obey your commandments because of your unfailing love. AMEN.