'I delight in following Your commands...' Psalm 119:14 GNT
It's Maundy Thursday. Maundy (from 'mandatum') means commandment. It's the day of Easter week when the Last Supper is remembered, when Jesus' commanded us to 'love one another' as He loves us (John 13:34 NIV). The psalmist writes. 'I delight in following Your commands...' (Psalm 119:14 GNT) - once we get that love is the basis behind all of God's laws, we can start to dig deeper into other teachings in scripture.
Paul writes that 'All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right' (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT). That means the Bible's teachings aren't helpful things to think about sometimes - they're things that we do with delight: commandments. Commandments are not just words on a page written 2,000 years ago - they're alive, still being spoken by God: 'For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword... It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires' (Hebrews 4:12 NLT). The 'Good Book' commands us as well as teaches us because it's His living word that still works today. Take up the challenge, listen to the commandments, and you'll not just survive, you'll live well.
So what now? Do you know that the Queen of England gives out silver coins on Maundy Thursday (for real, look it up). Collect as many 5c and 10c coins as you can. Bug all of your mates for their change. Then find a charity box to put it all in.
SoulFood: Jer 28-30; Luke 23:13-25; Ps 72:12-20; Pro 9:7-9