‘Oh, how I love your law!’ (10)

Your hands made me and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.

I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.

Psalm 119:73, 75, 76

Records are made to be broken and cakes are made to be eaten; the cook feels better about the loss than the athlete.

I ‘lost’ two hours of writing a few days ago.

My own fault; just one careless keystroke and really it was no great trial to rewrite those few hundred words but in that first moment, when I realized what I had done, I am embarrassed to say how badly I felt over the loss of something I had ‘created’. It wasn’t just those final two hours I lost; it was the two weeks of thought and the earlier drafts each so frustratingly off the mark of what I wanted to say, as well.

Then I read, ‘Your hands made me and formed me…’

God was watching as Satan entered Eden. He listened to the lie and looked on as the couple, freshly formed and faithfully cared for, rejected him, knowing already what it would cost him to redeem them, and us.

No one will convince me that His heart wasn’t somehow broken in that moment, that the LORD, who is love, didn’t feel the loss of that relationship, the loss of the future he wanted to share with us.

So many simply silly songs have been written and sung about broken hearts, as if a broken heart is no longer capable of loving when really it’s the broken heart that loves best.

David wrote, in his song, (verse 76) ‘May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant’; and he was secure enough in that love to write, ‘in faithfulness you have afflicted me’ (75) and to willingly submit to the authority, the commandments, of God again.

In the New Testament Paul reminded the Christians in Rome that, ‘… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

All of Scripture is the revelation of the unfailing love of God in Christ for sinners and it’s the love of a broken heart.

David knew it in his lifetime; he knows it better now.


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