I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. (Psalm 119:44-45 ESV)
God’s laws, rules, and Jesus’ teachings can appear as a type of straight jacket to those who are not followers of Jesus. These rules may even seem to inhibit a person from being themselves, having fun, or living life to its fullest. The author of the famous Psalm 119 has a different view on this notion, however. The author wrote that keeping God’s law (doing what the Bible and Jesus said) will allow us to walk in wide places. Other translations use liberty or even freedom. This can seem contradictory, but, as one looks at what the Bible lays out for our lives, we see that it helps us to live a life that is free from the wages of sin.
We are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:17)! In turn, these supposed “freeing” lifestyle choices can no longer ensnare, or have dominion over us. Talk to a homeless drug addict on the street, and ask if he feels like he has liberty and freedom in life. Ask an alcoholic in jail who’s just killed a mother and daughter while driving drunk if he or she is free. Speak with a young lady who has to make the decision whether to keep, abort, or give up her soon to be daughter because she can’t afford to raise a child. Do these situations ring of freedom to you?
Charles Spurgeon said about this verse, ” The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King’s highway for free men”. Jesus said that he came to give us life and to give us life abundantly (John 10:10). An abundant life is not a list of rules and restrictions with the intent of keeping us locked up, but a freedom in him to live as the people we were made to be.
This passage first appeared in www.ShortDailyDevotions.com