Allegiance to the Word

“I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous rules.” Psalm 119.106

In a helpful illustration, Charles Spurgeon likened this verse to an oath of enlistment in the military. In essence the psalmist, understanding the illuminating capacity of God’s word (105) declares his allegiance to the word.

I’ll never forget the day that I swore in as a United States Marine recruit. I’m not sure that I fully understood what I was agreeing to at the time, but I knew one thing very clearly—by taking that oath, I was committing myself to doing what I was told. Being a Marine meant following the rules and regulations governing what it means to be a Marine. Ooh Rah!

In a much more profound sense, being a follower of God means submitting to the word of God, which defines what it means to be a follower of God. Let us commit ourselves anew to the righteous rules of God and Scripture’s guidances for each step of our lives.

How deep is your commitment to God’s righteous rules? Have you committed yourself to what God’s word says about faith, life, sin, and repentance? Are you trusting in God’s revelation to guide you, trusting in him for your sanctification?

Lord God, our merciful Redeemer, your word reveals all that we need for life and godliness. May we ever trust in you and your revealed truth as the guide for every step of our lives. May we commit ourselves anew to walking by faith, according to your holy word. Amen.

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