31 They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path.
Psalm 37:31 (NLT)
Welcome to the 19th installment on my study of Psalm 37. The term “they” refers to godly people based on the context set by the previous verse. This means godly people have made God’s law their own.
Religious people had used this verse to oppress their people. The greatest talent of the religious people is to pass off their own religious doctrines as God’s law and used them to steal, kill and destroy. I can still remember when I was in my previous religious church. The pastors there were very talented in perverting every Bible verse into God’s instruction for the members of the church to give money to the church building fund. At that time, in every Sunday Service, “God” was always there to ask us for money. It was the time I lost respect for God because I believed he was corrupt. I believed God was corrupt because the pastors were corrupt.
Thank God for he has revealed the truth to me and leads me to another church that preaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, when God says they godly have made his law our own, he does not mean the law that is to be imposed from outside us. It means we are to arrive at the state where his law is indistinguishable from ours. What is the difference?
Think of your own national law. It is imposed from outside. For example, we have to pay our taxes whether we like it or not. Religious doctrines work the same way. Religious people will tell us that God wants us to give him money and we are to obey whether we like it or not.
However, this is not God’s way. God wants us to obey him willingly. He wants us to make his law ours. This means we obey God willingly, as though it is our own wish to do what he wants us to do. This is the true obedience that God wants. When we have made God’s law our own, God promised us that we will never slip from his path. What is so great about his path? The path of God always leads to prosperity. The greatest wish of God is for us, his people to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.
Isaiah 43:16 (NLT)
The path of God can cross through every trouble and difficulty we face. The Israelites used it to cross the Red Sea and turn a seemingly impossible situation into a great victory. Today, this path is available to every believer of Jesus Christ. Will you choose to get on it? Will you choose to make God’s law your own?
How shall we do that? We need to read the Bible and listen to faith messages to find out how much our God loves us. Go to churches that preach faith and not religion. The more you are aware and believe how much God loves you, the more his law become your law. His desires will become your desires. At that time, there is no limit on how much prosperity, success and victory that you can have. There is no limit on how much you can achieve as long as you are on his path.