I imagine that anyone with a fear of heights would give the Needles Overlook a wide berth. This view of Canyonlands National Park in Utah is a panoramic one going in all directions. The overlook affords a view of the Abago Mountains and the peaks of La Sal. But this open plateau edge drops suddenly away 1,600 feet above the valley floor! If it were not for that sturdy rail going around the perimeter, I would not feel free to walk very close to the edge and I would miss out on those amazing views.
Today’s verse puts two words together that normally one would not think to do; freedom and precepts. Prevalent thinking equates freedom with no rules or restrictions at all. But God’s laws are like the railing. Because of its presence I can freely walk about and enjoy incredible vistas. God’s laws provide safety and protection. They are there, not to restrict and be a burden, but rather to free us to walk in confidence. God’s laws even alleviate our anxiety. “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Ps. 119:165)
The author of this psalm cannot say enough about how he loves God’s law. He describes them as giving comfort (verse 52). God’s statues and precepts reassure me of the right direction my life is taking. I never have to wonder if another way is better or more exciting. I do not miss out on anything except for what will harm me. His law is an expression of His love for me. Following it gives me the best kind of life there is!
Lord, keep me walking about in the freedom that following Your law brings!