“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.” (Psalm 119:14)
Walking through life’s journey with Jesus is a satisfying experience. But don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourself.
I picked the word “satisfying” there in the title, but here’s some synonyms to consider: “Fulfilling, rewarding, gratifying, pleasing, enjoyable.”
At first, it doesn’t sound a very godly thing to be like one who “rejoices in great riches,” A bit smug or worldly, perhaps? But the Psalmist is considering what wealth does. It creates opportunity; it prevents all kinds of hardship and difficulty. And the Psalmist compares that sense of easy enjoyment with “following your statutes.”
In the Bible, the word “statutes” meant the living testimony of a relational God. The idea has very little to do with sternly following a set of rules and ticking the boxes as you do so. That’s what servants do, but Jesus said “I no longer call you servants but friends…” We’ve been taken out of the servant hall and brought upstairs into the Master Dining Room. From now on, you are part of the family.
But are we still called to follow those statutes? C.S.Lewis explains it well:
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
There is joy in serving Jesus
As I journey on my way
Joy that fills my heart with praises
Every hour and every day