Mucha paz tienen los que aman tu ley,
Y no hay para ellos tropiezo. (RVR 1960)
Everyone wants peace, whether it is personal peace for their lives, their loved ones the nation or the world folks often pray for peace. Interestingly the bible (KJV) uses the word peace 429 times but only tells us directly once to pray for peace, Psalm 122:6:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Pedid por la paz de Jerusalén; Sean prosperados los que te aman
Our text this morning however speaks of the first type of peace I mentioned, personal. It say those that love the law, that is God’s law, His precepts, will find peace. Sounds pretty simple does it not. Love God, Love His rules (law) and peace will be yours. Yet nothing in life is ever easy is it? You see we have a sin nature that we have to continually work out and a real jerk of a fallen angel, Satan, to contend with all the while dealing with our daily life too.
I want to make some observations here:
- This is not saying anything about those keeping the law perfectly, we know this is impossible
- This promise is for those who wholeheartedly love God and His law
- For those who repent and try even harder when they fail
- Nothing that Satan or the world throws at them will offend or discourage them
- This promise is for true converts, those whom the Fruit of the Spirit is clearly seen in
— Learn the true wisdom of those of you who are new creatures, and who love God’s holy law. All of you who are really brought to Christ are changed into his image, so that you love God’s holy law. “I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart”: Psalm 19. The world says: What a slave you are! you cannot have a little amusement on the Sabbath — you cannot take a Sabbath walk, or join a Sabbath tea party; you cannot go to a dance or a theater; you cannot enjoy the pleasures of sensual indulgence — you are a slave. I answer: Christ had none of these pleasures. He did not want them: nor do we. He knew what was truly wise, and good, and happy, and he chose God’s holy law. He was the freest of all beings, and yet he knew no sin. Only make me free as Christ is free — this is all I ask. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” —Robert Murray M Cheyne, 1813-1843.
Nothing shall offend them. They that have this character of God’s children, will not the stumbled at God’s dispensations, let them he never so cross to their desires, because they have a God to fly unto in all their troubles, and a sure covenant to rest upon. Therefore the reproaches cast upon them, and on the way of God, do not scandalize them; for they have found God in that very way which others speak evil of; they are not so offended by anything that attends the way of God, as to dislike or forsake that way. Nevertheless we must take heed that we be not offended. —John Bunyan.