From Hannah Bansil
“My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.” Psalm 119:20
Who in our time and place would ever express such a sentiment? Who, like this psalmist, would spend 176 verses (the longest chapter in the entire bible) praising the beauty of law? Isn’t this a form of weakness, slavery? Shouldn’t we live boldly, be free, make our own rules, forge our own path?
The most practical response to these objections is to point to the experience of those who live where there is no rule of law or where the law is cruel and unjust. Nothing makes you long for a good law quite as much as seeing your own vulnerability to oppression and violence. Even in our personal lives, without laws we are adrift. We don’t know which plans to pursue, how to carry out our relationships, what is meaningful, what is beautiful, what is worthwhile.
But, beyond and above these imminently reasonable considerations we see the beauty of God himself expressed in his law. God makes clear his desires and purposes through his law. To look deeply into the law is to see the wonder and glory of God himself. ”Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things in your law.” In Christ we see the perfect law keeper. To love the law is to love Christ, the one who is good and who does good.