Christians depend upon the truths found in the Word of God and in the forgiveness that is given in Jesus’ name, this brings them a great peace. Psalm 119:165 says, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” “Law” (torah) is used twenty-five times in Psalm 119 in parallel with various other words with the same meaning. The word in itself is an active verb meaning to love the instructions in a general way from the Lord.  It means loving the ways, customs and directions from God as David so longed to know and love the Lord’s ways.

There are those who develop such close relationships in Christian marriages, with Christian parents, with friends, co-workers and spiritual overseers, that they long to be around these Christians for instruction and guidance in the Word of God. These Christians will deny themselves certain pleasures in life to prayerfully read and study the Word of God. They pray not only revelation of God’s Word, but illumination of the Word so they can have the Lord’s strength to live it out. These Christians find themselves getting victory over the flesh, overcoming the world, and exposing the lies of the devil. They find peace in the way they use the Lord’s provision, talents, and abilities He has given them.  The guidance of the Holy Spirit as He illuminates the Word of God in their lives enables them to walk victoriously rather than stumbling over the temptations and in the trials of life.

The Holy Spirit wants Christians to know the joy of Christmas by becoming like Jesus, letting Him clear their hearts of any guilt, take their grief upon Himself, and free them from all that would keep them from a close fellowship with God. This is accomplished by prayerfully reading the Bible, through painstaking study of God’s Word so the Holy Spirit can bring to ablaze the truths found in the “law” (torah) of the Lord.

Join those who say in their hearts, “You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.” (Psalm 119:4-7)  Find peace in the counsel of God’s Word!