Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes [H2706 – choq].
One thing I admire about the Hebrew liturgy is that they always make a point to say to the Father “Blessed are You,” “Blessed be Your name,” or “Blessed be Your holy name!” with almost every prayer they offer – at least, from what I’ve read.
Such a sharp contrast with “bless me with a new car, new house, new job” or my not-so-favorite “bless me Father, for I have sinned.”
Used in conjunction with the prior verse, it was like David wanted to bless the Father because of the word that he had hidden in his heart, but then he promptly followed it up with “Teach me more! Teach me your statutes! [H2706 – choq]“
Remember what “choq” means? It means something established as a limitation, or an appointed time.
It amazes me how much value David, the king of Israel, placed on the limitations the Father appointed to him. David saw himself as that sheep in need of guidance – in need of the confines that the Father put in place for him.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
As a result of this reverent and submissive attitude, the Father saw in him someone who could shepherd Israel.
Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.'”
As a whole, Christians hate boundaries. With almost every sermon and every song, we have such an emphasis on breaking free, finding freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of thought! Even “where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
But what kind of freedom are we referring to?
Freedom to do what we want . . . or freedom from sin? (1 John 3:4)
Freedom to be who we want . . . or freedom to serve our King in His Kingdom?
True scriptural freedom can be found only within the boundaries – the “choq” – the Father has in place for us. It’s an integral part of our salvation.
To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
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