When was the last time you quoted this verse: With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments (Psalm 119:131)?
We pant for many things, where do God's commandments fall on the list?
Before you start self-flagellating, it might happen more frequently than you think. Maybe you don't get goose bumps thinking of opening Leviticus and meditating on a prohibition against shellfish, but you long for a society that honors elders, life, property rights, and honesty. You wish you could spare your friend, your family, or yourself the pain of adultery and covetousness. You'd be more at ease if more people gave greater attention to having no god before the Lord (Exodus 20:3, 12-17).
Those lesser known, seemingly more tedious laws that people meditate on are attempts at helping people of faith not break the major commandments.
Jesus, of course, summarized them into 2 Commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:37-40).
What if we were so devoted to this teaching that we panted in anticipation of sorting through what it means for us this very day and then panted with excitement about finding ways to live that out? Maybe our faith would grow like a mustard seed into a strong bush or like yeast that leavens flour or like a treasure found in a field (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52)? Maybe we'd become those who keep God's decrees, who see God's word as light, and whose steps are kept steady by God (Psalm 119:129-136).
Join us in worship this Sunday as Rev. Cattenhead shares a sermon in The Well based on Psalm 119 and our Ministry Intern, JT Brown, shares one in the sanctuary based on the Matthew 13 reading.
Together, let us become those who pant for God's word.