God’s Grace – the safety Net

12/26/2004 6:28 AM

S: “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my
affliction.” Psalm 119:92

O: Interesting to note that David is writing and he seems to describe here a
time when he loves God’s law, but he fell anyway. He acknowledges that if
already hadn’t spent time with God’s law, if he hadn’t spent time learning
to love God’s law, it would have been his total destruction. Obviously he
had learned to love it BEFORE his fall. And he seems to imply that he really
did love God’s law during his fall.

But you put that together with 2 John 6: “And this is love: that we walk in
obedience to his commands.”

Now that seems to go against what David has said in Psalm 119. And the only
way I can think to put the two together is to understand 2 John 6 as a trend
of the life. In other words, it’s not the occasional deed or misdeed that we
find salvation waiting for us, rather it is the trend of the life. It’s the
trend of our desires, wants, and direction of our life.

A: For me, that verse describes my falls. I love the Lord. I love his law.
I meditate on his word, and yet I still fall. This is not an excuse at all.
Rather, it’s a time to take a look at the direction of my life and where
it’s really going. I know that I fall. I know that I’m a sinner. I know
that I love the Lord. I don’t lose my salvation when I sin, but I could
begin a path towards losing it if I’m not careful in what I do.

Some sins are more serious in nature than others. Ellen White in Steps to
Christ says that there is no degree of sin in the world, but there are
degrees of guilt (pg. 30). What she’s saying is that sin is sin. All sin
is bad and all sin can lead us down the path of destruction – whether it be
stealing pencils from your boss or stealing your bosses wife. All sin is
sin. But she goes on to say that there are degrees of guilt. Some move us
more than others towards repentance or destruction simply by how we deal
with the guilt issue in our own lives.

I have a friend that when he committed adultery and tried to go back with
his wife (this was a fairly long affair) he couldn’t do it. Each time he
looked at his wife, he felt so much guilt that he couldn’t live with
himself. So he finally went back to the affair and got a divorce. He
didn’t want a divorce, but his guilt led him there.

Other sins are of a much more trivial matter and they don’t even make us
stop and think – which at times can be really sad.

But the truth is that we all live with sin. We all live in an era of sin
and guilt. The question for me today is: Do I love the law of God? Do I
meditate on it day and night? Do I long for the words of God’s law? Do I
see its beauty and its life in my life? That’s what David is describing in
Psalm 119 and that’s what has always drawn me to this passage.

P: My Father, I pray you will lead me. I pray you will guide me. I have
sinned. I am a sinner. But I do love you word and I do love you and your
law. I pray you will help me to grow more and more like you each day. I
pray that I will fall deeper in love with your law and your ways. I pray
that I will meditate on your words, Lord. I pray that I will grow in you
word. I pray your word will change who I am.

I don’t think David used his love for the law as an excuse for sin, “It’s
okay, I still love God.” Rather, I think he used God’s law as a safety net
to catch him when he did fall. He didn’t plan to fall, he didn’t plan to
stop following God for a season. He didn’t plan to lean so heavily on God’s
grace. Rather, it was a safety net that caught him when he stumbled.

Thank you Lord, for the safety net of your grace. Thank you for the way
you’ve continued to lead us and continued to guide me. I turn myself over
to you, Lord. I pray for the Holy Spirit to make me into a man like you. I
love you.