Proverbs 7: King James Bible
Keep my Commandments – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seven, Verses 1-3
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Here we are again at the beginning of another chapter, with the Lord establishing himself as the Father, with us being his son. (Best to make the verses of scripture as personal as possible, particularly concerning Proverbs.)
Again, the Father stresses the importance of our keeping of his Word. When we read passages that have to do with the law of the Lord, or his commandments, it’s difficult (at least for us who’ve had a rebellious history) to imagine keeping them as the apple of our eye.
In a nation of laws, we’re indoctrinated to see law as something that would limit, restrict, condemn, force, or shame, us into conforming to the manner the lawmakers want us to behave. Of course there are sound reasons for almost every law, with stress on the almost part.
There are many personality types that don’t appreciate being told what they can or can’t do. Because of religion, that’s one of the largest reasons people won’t touch a church with a ten foot pole. They’re not saved, they know little to nothing about Jesus, with the exception of something to say when they stub their toe. They don’t see the Lord as a Father, but from what they understand, he is an overbearing guilt piling tyrant.
What we are guilty of as the Body of Christ, is not understanding the need to explain the vast amount of reasoning for the do’s and do not’s. And if we can’t explain why the Lord would rather us do one thing over another, then we ourselves are lacking in the same understanding.
The Lord keeps hammering through these verses, for us to understand what he’s saying, and to seek his council and wisdom. His laws are not grievous as those who don’t know the Father think. He wants the best for us and gives us his best instruction, to achieve the best outcome in any given situation that we may face.
You can sense the plea in these verses for us to see his commandments as something not simply to follow, but to cherish. Because in them, we find the fullness of God, and for us who are in Christ Jesus, we understand that the two greatest commandments are Love the Lord with all of our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves (paraphrasing).
Through the commandments of the Lord, we learn what it is to love the Lord the way he wants us to. We learn how to love our neighbor the way the Lord intends us to. And we learn how we can live out our lives, and walk our walk with him, the way he has planned ahead of us.
Related New Testament Scripture – Keep my Commandments
John 14: King James Bible
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14: King James Bible
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 15: King James Bible
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Our fleshly nature rebels against you and your commandments. Please strengthen our spirits, through your Holy Spirit, and cause for us to be over-comers, crucifying the flesh, and living by the Spirit of the Living God; by faith not by sight. Cause for us to understand your commandments properly, and to convey you and all your ways properly to those who may still be lost in the world. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
When you read the phrase “keep my commandments” in the Word, are you envisioning a tyrant or a concerned Father?