The Statue of Liberty is not only well known in America but also in our region of France. Frédéric Auguste Bartholi, its creator, was born just up the road from us in Colmar. There is a museum dedicated to this and all of his works. There is even a traffic circle where a smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty stands proudly in the middle.
When I think of liberty, I do not normally think of something or someone telling me what to do and what not to do. But here in our verse, David equates walking in liberty with following God’s laws. It seems a paradox. How can I walk at liberty and be seeking His Law at the same time?
Our liberty allows us to follow His precepts. This liberty is not a liberty to do whatever we please. It is a liberty from the sin that enslaves and entangles us. Sin can have the power to keep us in chains, obligating us to do evil. But because of what Christ did on the cross, I have a choice to follow His Law or to not follow it.
To be honest I do not always use my liberty like He intends. The pull of the world, my old habits and just my ugly sin nature all conspire to convince me that I have no choice! There use to be a car commercial on French television that in referring to temptation said, ‘It is too strong for me!” But as a believer, I have the Holy Spirit living within me.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (II Cor. 3:17) He gives me the power to choose what is right. Thank you, Lord, for liberty!