Is this true in my life?

These words from Psalms hold great hope – if they are true in my life.

I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have
given me life. Psalms 119:93 ESV

The definition of precept, according to online Merriam-Webster, is:

1: a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action

2: an order issued by legally constituted authority to a subordinate official

Also from that Merriam-Webster site is: English Language Learners Definition of precept

formal a rule that says how people should behave

In a very simplistic way, my thinking is that both definitions demonstrate Old Testament and New Testament expectations.

The Old Testament, the Law, was there to prepare people for coming salvation while enabling a system of right and wrong within the times they lived.

The New Testament, a fulfillment of the Old Testament concepts, provides a moral rule system above the law.

In reality, they both are important to fulfilling the most important commandment from Jesus when he was asked how does one receive eternal life:

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 ESV

I can no longer quote all the scriptures I once learned or where they are found. But their truth lies strongly embedded in my heart and mind, and I can speak the meaning if not the exact words. Still, perhaps it is time I start again the discipline of capturing scripture to memory.

And there is so much depth to anything found in the Old Testament that pulling one verse out without knowing the why of the verse, the when, and the how isn’t even fair to others or ourselves. But sometimes, a simple verse like in Psalm 119 that I quoted stirs something inside.

I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have
given me life. Psalms 119:93 ESV

If those precepts give life, then how can I not recognize them as vital to me as a believer? How can I not take the time to really know the precepts, what they mean, why they were given? They are the foundation of the moral standards I hold today. They are the building blocks of my faith. They are promises that magnify the trust I have in God.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with all I say. More than anything, this is an example of how I progress with a thought, a concept. Looking things up for clarity. Processing. Writing things out.

You have, my friends, seen a brief look into one of my personal Bible study methods.

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