Strange language – “Lord of the Law.” Is it a mis-quote of Psalm 1:2a? Check it out:
Psalm 1:1-2. (1) How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! (2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Yes, I am playing with words here, but I want to make a significant point. Old Testament saints, like David, took great delight in constantly thinking about what God had disclosed in the “Law.” David, as a matter of fact, wrote his own song of 176 stanzas (verses) to venerate the value he saw in the “Law.”
I am referring to Psalm 119. Take some time to read it. As you read, notice that every verse –EVERY VERSE — contains a term that describes what God has spoken. Look for these terms: “law,” “precepts,” “commandments,” “testimonies,” “His ways,” “statutes,” “judgments,” and “Your word.”
Let me offer a thrilling observation. It is okay to identify “the law of the Lord” with “the Word of the Lord.” The law is a feature of God’s Self-disclosure. If you meditate day and night on the “law of the Lord” you may hope to come face-to-face with the “Lord of the Law.” Stay with me here.
At Clearwater, we call the whole Bible “God’s Self-disclosure.” He has disclosed Himself to us by the Holy Spirit inspiring human authors to write down words of truth in Scripture. The same Spirit that inspired the Bible lives in the heart of every one of us as believers.
Here are three important facts that Paul tells us about the Old Testament Law.
Francis Schaeffer titled one of his books, God Is There, and He Is Not Silent. God has spoken. And He stands by His Word. He speaks in the Old Covenant what we refer to as the “Law and the Prophets” which disclose His excellencies, and by comparison, our deficiencies (fallenness).
But also, now at a higher level of Self-disclosure, Jesus came. John calls Him the “Word” Who became flesh, allowing us to behold the glorious nature of God in the face of Jesus. John 1.
So what? Well, don’t be afraid of the Old Testament Law. It is not the way to earn your salvation. But it is a powerful part of God’s Self-disclosure – that is, if you delight in the law of the Lord so that we use it as a spring-board to the discovery of the God Who spoke it.
Let’s take this up again in my next posting. Be encouraged to probe deeper into the Lord behind the Law, with the hope that you will come face-to-face with “the Lord revealed in the Law.”