Psalm 119:45 “And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.”
The great lie pervading our western postmodern culture is that rules destroy freedom. I admit I don’t like an abundance of rules, especially when they show themselves to be obviously unnecessary. However, laws are necessary for freedom. Paradox of Paradoxes. G.K. Chesterton put forth the best illustration I’ve ever heard of in his book Orthodoxy:
We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the cliff’s edge they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place the noisiest of nurseries. But the walls were knocked down, leaving the naked peril of the precipice. They did not fall over; but when their friends returned to them they were all huddled in terror in the centre of the island; and their song had ceased.
The breaking up of laws and constraints actually hinders freedom instead of granting it. We need boundaries. But this is a reflection of scripture, not an apologetic (sometimes I forget). God has laws, God has precepts, God has boundaries. They are for our good and our pleasure, not our demise. Actually, they keep us from peril, much like the fence kept the kids from destruction at the cliffs edge.
In this season of drawing near the Lord in my own spiritual walk; I find that the more I obey from the spirit the doctrines laid out for the Christ-follower in scripture, the more I do what the Lord tells me to, the more freedom I am granted. And, The more relief I feel. Jon Eldrege has a recent book entitled “The Utter Relief of Holiness.” I haven’t read it, but the title says it all. There is a relief when you are being obedient to God. It feels good and everything is right in the world. Not that I’m perfect, just ask my wife! But I believe the Lord and the way you show you believe is by your works. I will walk at liberty, because I seek your precepts. Grant me more grace Lord, you know I need it!