5For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
What does it mean to be a law-abiding citizen? Whose law do we obey?
When one travels from country to country one does well to consider the laws of that particular country, for while in another country we are subject to their laws. What one country allows, another may not, and it is our duty to understand the difference.
What about a country whose laws are constantly shifting? Is all change, especially regarding a country's laws, good? Is there a law which supersedes all others?
These are interesting questions to ask; the writer of Psalm 78 is addressing this very subject. God set apart a people for Himself, beginning with Abraham, and gave them some very specific laws to follow. God's expectations for His people was that they would not only obey His laws, but also teach those laws to their children, that they would be established from generation to generation as a Godly nation.
Those God-given laws are recorded in God's Word, taking up a large part of the first five books of the Bible. Are we, as Christians, responsible to keep those same laws of God? Other than the ceremonial laws which were done away with at the death and resurrection of Christ, yes! The appointed law of God has been summarized for us in the Ten Commandments--the same Ten Commandments that my country is trying to erase from the hearts and lives of its people.
What, then, are we to do when the laws of our country clash with the laws of God? We are encouraged in God's Word to obey the civil authorities, however, that obedience stops when our civil authorities command us to disobey the appointed law of God.
Just as Israel was blessed for their obedience and suffered defeat due to their disobedience, we, as Christians, will be blessed for our obedience to the appointed law of God, but will suffer the chastisement of God if we disobey His laws.
As encouraged by the psalmist, let us then set our hope in God and not forget His works; let us seek to obey His laws and teach our children to do likewise.
What would this world be like today if the appointed law of God was the law of the whole earth? What if our countries were filled with citizens whose chief goal was to obey the law of God? It would certainly be a different world than the one we see as we look out our windows each day!
Go to God, and obey His appointed law, that He may bless and keep you all the days of your lives!
God Bless You,