Have you ever wondered where to look in the Bible to read about the benefits of obeying God’s commandments and principles? I have found that Psalm 119 is the most comprehensive chapter that speaks to this issue. You can read a contemporary version of this Psalm at Biblegateway.com.In Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, the writer uses the words principles, laws, precepts and commandments 156 times in the 176 verses to describe how God blesses him as he lives according to the principles of God. Happiness, joy, a renewed life, hope, freedom, understanding, comfort, wisdom, peace and health are some of these blessings mentioned that the author received and that we can have if we live as God instructs us to live in the Bible.
If you take time to read this chapter, I hope that you can identify with the reader in the blessings you can also receive as you live a life that lines up with God’s precepts. Reading the Bible and Obeying God’s Principles are two Spiritual Exercises that are important in living the full and abundant life that God intended for us all to live.
I have found that as I live in accordance with God’s principles as outlined in the Bible that my life is more joyful and that I am more at peace. Our sinful nature beckons us to live in ways contrary to God’s commandments but as we surrender more and more to Him, we can experience more true freedom and joy. This happens because God designed us to live His way, not our way. And the only way to live His way is to know His way and that comes by reading the Bible.
Try it and see if your life doesn’t change.
Running in alignment with Him!