Friday, September 30, 2011
A Very Precise Map
Hear David's assessment of the Word of God:
4Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
5Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
6I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
7Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
8Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
9From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
David acknowledges that a strict keeping and knowing of scripture alone keeps him safely on the right path. He loves to dig into it. Will not be satisfied with simplistic overviews.
Imagine that you are on a trip and lost in the backwoods. A friend has given you a simple map showing only main roads. But you are not on a main road! Will you ever get out of the boonies?
There is a tendency in many Christian circles today to "skip the detail" and stick to the main themes and general impression of God's will. It is suggested that this is preferring the "spirit" of the law over the "letter". Makes doing church easier and more likely to attract the only half-interested. But who wants only a half-measure of the goodness of God and His promises and warnings? Certainly David did not.
And what was his destination?
15As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.