The earth, O Lord, is full of your faithful love; instruct me in your statutes.
…..O Lord, teach me your statutes.
…..that I may learn your statutes.
Let my heart be sound in your statutes…..
(Psalm 119:64, 68, 71 & 80)
Four times in a few verses of this scripture the Psalmist uses the word statutes. He obviously thinks they are important! What is a statute? The definition, in this context, is: a law or decree made by God. The Psalmist will have been referring to what we call the Old Testament scriptures; possibly what we know as the Ten Commandments. Even if we can recite them, there’s huge difference between knowing them and keeping them all the time. So to make things easier for use to understand, Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God; and love your neighbour as yourself.” Go and speak to your neighbour today - or pick up the phone - and just check they are okay. “The earth is full of your love….. Let my heart be sound in your statutes.”