Lord, I Love Your Commands

“I have said, O Lord, that my part is to keep your words. The law of your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:57)

As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, our portion, or “part” as the verse says, in Him is what brings us full happiness and satisfaction. Christ is the source of our joy, and nothing else. We delight to follow His teachings, the teachings of the Apostles and that of the Holy Church. This is our blessed heritage. Jesus said, “And now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

Consecration to Christ’s Teaching

In having at least a basic understanding of the teachings of our Lord, we consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and vow within our own hearts, to do His will. The Psalmist says that the law or commandments of the Lord are “more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Is that how we view the teachings of Christ and His Apostles? Do we really have a true appreciation of the value of these precious gems of truth given to us by Christ?

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

If we have a heart for understanding the ‘law of the Lord’s mouth’, then our application of the daily readings, our level of personal or group study, contemplation or meditation, and participation with the Church in her observance of the Eucharist, and obedience to God’s Will, our attitude towards our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith, as well as our interaction with the world around us, will be like a light shining before others in a way that others see our love of God, and glorify our Father in heaven. (St. Matthew 5:16)

May each of us generate a sincere heart of devotion toward the Lord’s words and His teachings so that we may truly say, “Lord, I love your commands.”  

May God bless you+
Fr. Charles

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