“Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” Psalm 119:54

Readings

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 · John 15:1-16 · Psalm 119:33-56

Sermon

The one hundred and nineteenth Psalm, from which this text is taken, is in every verse a song or hymn in praise of the Law of the Lord. It is evident that multitudes of men and women have toward God’s Law a very different attitude from this. Divine Law, obligation to God, responsibility in any form, authority under any conditions they feel to be a hindrance and check upon life. They want their own will and way. Why should they be held back in any of their pleasures or checked in following their strongest impulses? If only they could be free, life, they think, would be a comparatively easy and fair existence.

In the text “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” the Psalmist is expressing in figurative language the teaching that the Law of the Lord is really a delight throughout the course of life. The thought that obedience to Divine Law is hard and restrictive, that it cuts one off from the real pleasures of life and makes our pilgrimage here dry and barren is quite contrary to fact. The Psalmist is right.

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