Wednesday, April 10, 2012
The Hebrew word mitsvah is generally translated as “commandment.” The root tsavah means, “to establish,” “to constitute,” referring to the terms of a contract between persons in a relation of intimacy, such as a father to a son, or a teacher to a pupil. Here it is the relation of God to his beloved child—you. The term Bas/Bar Mitsvah is used when a Jewish girl or boy has become a “Child of the Commandment” at age 13.
The psalmist does not cower before the commandments of the Lord. Quite the contrary; his heart is enlarged by completing what the Lord wants. In a relation of love and intimacy, we long to fulfill the desires, the wants, and the commandments of the beloved.
Jesus has given us a New Commandment to love one another. Returning love to Jesus is eternally linked with showing love for each other.
Graciously teach me Your law. v. 29
Heart enlarged by Your mitsvah v. 32
Turn my heart to your decrees. v. 36
My delight in Your mitzvah v. 47
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