每日诗歌: 我愛慕祢的律法 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRryYV91f-o)
考虑到这点，我们应好好体会这圣经中最长的一章 - 诗篇119篇。全篇都在讲论律法，神的律法。在这么长的篇幅中几乎每节经文都含有“律法”这个词或它的同义词，并且所有的经文都是对律法的肯定。开头第一节就定下了整篇诗篇的基调，同时也让我们想起综述整本诗篇的第1篇。“行为完全、遵行耶和华律法的，这人便为有福；遵守他的法度、一心寻求他的，这人便为有福”（诗119:1-2）。要被祝福不仅要遵行律法，而且要一心寻求他。律法能洁净我们的行为（119:9），远离罪(119:11), 使我们思想神的奇事(119:27), 坚立我们(119:28), 并且开广我们的心(119:32)。一个正确的律法观，可以帮助我们过一个讨神喜悦的生活，因为律法是神赐给我们的。
诗人知道，我们不能靠我们自己的意志遵行律法，也就是不能用法利赛人的方式。因此，他求神帮助。中文翻译的真好，在33-40节中加了“求你”两个字来反映希伯来文的祈求语气。我们不可能靠自己遵守律法，所以我们求神指教我们，赐我们悟性，引导我们，使我们的心趋向他，叫我们转眼不看虚假，向我们成就所应许的话，使羞辱远离我们，使我们在他的公义上生活（119:33 - 40）。如果我们真实地领会这些话，我们一定会问“我们有什么可夸口的呢？”
Psalm 119:1-48 [Read]
Corinthians 3 [Read]
“Law” can be a bad word for those who misread Jesus and Paul, but the fact is that neither of them condemned the law. Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Mt 5:17). Paul said “So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good” (Rom 7:12). It’s the misread and misuse of the law that both of them condemned.
With that in mind, we may appreciate the longest chapter of the Bible – Psalm 119. It is entirely about the law, God’s law. Almost every verse in this long chapter contains the word “law” or its equivalent, and all of them speak about the law positively. The opening verses set the tone of the entire Psalm, and they remind us about the summary of the entire book of Psalms – Psalm 1. “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (Ps 119:1-2). To be blessed is to not only walk by the law, but also seek it with all our heart. The law can keep our way pure (119:9), keep us away from sin (119:11), make us meditate on God’s wonders (119:27), strengthen us (119:28), and set our heart free (119:32). A proper view of the law can help us live a life that is pleasing to God, the giver of the law.
The psalmist knew that we could not follow the law by our own will, not in a Pharisaic way. Hence, he asked God for help. The Chinese translation did a beautiful job by adding the words “I beseech you” in verses 33-40 to reflect the imperative mood of the Hebrew. We cannot possibly keep the law by ourselves, so we beseech God to teach us, give us understanding, direct us, turn our heart to him, turn our eye away from worthless things, fulfill his promise, take away the disgrace, and preserve our life in his righteousness (119:33-40). If we honestly digest these words, we have to wonder “what is there for us to boast?”
I am glad that Psalm 119 is so long, for it helps us to appreciate the beauty of God’s law. Read it slowly with a pure heart, so that his law can truly set you free (119:45). Amen!
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