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!
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
This is good advice. I often find myself going through my memory picking out all the good stuff from some point in time and ignoring (or having forgotten) the bad stuff. The old days were the way they were. Don’t glorify them.