I love following a good recipe that is tried and true. And if I want a German dish to be authentic I would go to the trouble of translating those instructions (as well as converting the measurements). I would not worry about all the verbs being in the command form. It is a recipe after all. I do not expect it to say, “please beat the eggs.” Or “would you mind chopping the nuts.” But I am not offended. The directives are there to obtain a good, tasty result!
Today’s verse describes God’s directives. Sometimes they can seem very blunt. There is no softening of what God requires of us. But His commands are always with a good goal. They are always for our good and for our protection. We know that because HE is good. What He commands is fully trustworthy and an expression of His love and care. This is why David could say that they are a joy to the heart and light to the eyes, sweeter than honey and more precious than gold! (Psalm 19)
If God’s commandments are really for my good, then why am I always trying to change the recipe? Because that is in fact what I sometimes try to do. I think I know better or that somehow I am an exception to the rule. Maybe I can “sort of” follow the instructions but introduce a variation which makes it easier on me. The result is never as good. His way is always the best and I am the one who benefits when I carefully follow what He wants.
Lord, thank you for Your love expressed through your commands.