When you read each one of these verses one right after the other, it is a real mouthful. God is simply trying to pound home the fact that we seek to obey all of His ways and all of His commandments. If we do, then note some of the incredible blessings that we can receive from the Lord:
- We will receive life
- We will keep and preserve our soul
- We can have a long life here on this earth
- Great peace will be given to us and it will be like a river
- It will go well with our children
- It will keep us from perishing
- God will subdue our enemies
- Our way will be made prosperous and we will have good success
- Our heart will be rejoiced
- Our eyes will be enlightened
- The law will warn us and keep us out of harm's way
Again, all of God's ways and commandments are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection. These commandments are not meant to stunt our spiritual growth or steal our joy in the Lord. They are all meant to increase our spiritual growth and increase our peace and joy in the Lord.
As earthly parents, one of the first things we will do with all of our children as they are starting to grow is to tell them what they can and cannot do in this life. We know that if we do not give them fair warning ahead of time as to what they should be staying away from in this life, that we risk them getting seriously hurt, if not possibly killed. We thus give them the basic commandments that they are to abide by in this life so we can keep them safe and out of harm's way.
It is the exact same way with God the Father. Except with God the Father, He has full knowledge on exactly what we should all be staying away from in this life since He has absolute perfect knowledge on all things. As such, we should all listen very carefully to what He is trying to tell us in these basic commandments, as they are all being given to us for our own good and protection. God is not trying to hurt us or harm us with all of these basic commandments, He is trying to help us and protect us.
If you really want to see how important it is that we seek to obey all of God's laws and commandments, just take your time and meditate on some of the above verses. King David especially was able to see how important it was that he try and learn the ways of God so that He could continue to spiritually grow in Him. That is why some of the above verses are telling us that we will find true life in this life if we can learn how to live righteous lives before the Lord.
As I said at the beginning of this blog post, it is just heart-breaking and gut-wrenching to see so many people in this life choose with their own free wills to walk on the dark side of this life instead of the good and righteous side of this life.
Since God has given each man and each woman full free will to make their own choices in this life, He really has no other alternative but to sit back and watch this horror show unfold with the people who will end up rejecting Him, His ways, and His message of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus.
To think that a good percentage of the human race is going to end up in the most horrible place imaginable when they die and cross over, when they could have easily chosen the Lord and His message of eternal salvation for them, is enough to break your heart into a million pieces. I do not believe there is a day or an hour that goes go by where God and Jesus are not crying and weeping for the souls who are descending down into hell with no chance of ever being able to make it back out again.
God created all of these lost souls for Himself and He now has to watch all of them choose with their own free wills to reject Him and His Son Jesus during the course of their earthly lives. And then when they do die and cross over, He has no other alternative but to let them descend down into the pit of hell itself, as they now have to be held fully accountable for the horrible choices they have made in this life.
As Christians, we do not have to worry about this kind of horrible and final fate. We will all be given full entrance into heaven the minute we die and cross over. But until that final and glorious event actually occurs with each one of us, we should all be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord so that He will be well pleased with us when we do meet Him for our own personal judgments at the Judgment Seat of Christ.