When David says, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I love thy law three times in the same psalm (119), we must also ask ourselves if we too love God’s moral law, for he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter (Rom 2:29). Indeed, it cannot be animal sacrifices or dietary / judicial laws that David is talking about so much as the moral law which reveals the true character of the Creator, our Heavenly Father.
Having recently started Thomas Watson’s ‘The Ten Commandments’, I feel my grasp and love of the character of God (in the first table) is more superficial than I had hitherto thought. As for the second table, my duty to man, I feel I have not fulfilled the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself (Gal 6:2-3). However, like David I still love to read about God’s transcendent holiness and (in Christ) to mourn over my own failings, believing that my Saviour has entitled me to no longer fear the law, but rather to look upon it as a wondrous window into the attributes of God and mirror of my soul.
I know that only ONE MAN has truly lived out the law and practised what He preached in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). However, I am also inspired to persevere along the path of increasing mortification of sin and Christ-likeness, by the numerous saints of old and of present. Alas, I also know how quickly the old nature in me would set the bar at a comfortable, easily achievable level, and would turn a blind eye to the beam of sin within (Mt 7:4).
Rather than be numbered among those who will be weeping and wailing (Rev 18:19) for worldly loss, may we be among those who establish the law (Rom 3:31) by looking unto the One who came to fulfil it (Mt 5:17) and set the bar of love upon the frame of obedience: If ye love me, keep my commandments (Jn 14:15).