Loving the Law of the Lord

How I love your law!
I think about it all day long.

–Psalm 119:97 GNB

Psalm 119 is full of verses like this. When I get to one I usually try to rationalize it by thinking something along the lines of: “that’s more of an old testament posture to take towards the law, now that Jesus has died and risen, we have grace, so the law is merely a contrast to God’s radical grace. If I were to take up the posture of loving the law I’d be on a slippery slope to a life of legalism.”

However, recently I ran across an excellent series of videos covering the Ten Commandments from Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms. I heartily recommend the series because it teaches a way to love the law but still avoid legalism. Like many good treatments it reminded me of some things I already knew, but also revealed new things I had never known; speaking to both my mind and my heart.

There are 33 videos ranging from 5 to 16 minutes each.

The Lutheran ordering of the commandments is probably different from what you are used to (unless you are Lutheran.) The fifth video goes over the different orderings of the commandments. There are more variations than I knew!

New Sources

A couple of blogs have recently entered my grist-stream and have been producing content that resonates with my thoughts more often than not.

Glory to God for All Things: No One is Saved Alone
This is from the Orthodox perspective. Actually this post about honoring Mary was one of the first times I connected to that practice as anything beyond at-best-possibly-not-idolatry.

Just Thomism: What’s evidence?
This is a Catholic blog that focuses mostly on straight philosophy.

Speaking of confirmation bias…

Is it Okay to Take a Risk – and Fail?

From a knowledge standpoint I saw that headline and had thoughts along the lines of: “Of course, if you never fail when taking risks then “risk” is a meaningless word.

From a “how I live my life” point of view I definitely make choices as if success is never failing.

Like they say, “In theory, practice is the same as theory, but in practice it isn’t”