Grace in the Law

Take from me the way of lying; let me find grace through your law. – Psalm 119:29

When I normally think of God’s law, I think of the rules that I need to keep. I think of the Ten Commandments with the “thou shalts…” and “thou shalt nots…” I think of commands and strict parenting. I think of punishment.

But here in this verse we encounter the wonderful grace of God’s’ law. The law is a pathway to grace. First, we find grace in God’s law as it shows us God’s willingness to speak to us. Apart from God’s voice in our lives we would have no knowledge of the truth. Apart from God revealing the way of right living, we would have no guide for our life. God’s voice speaking the words of truth in the law are a gift of grace to us.

We also find grace in God’s law when it reveals our sinfulness. We tend to avoid the topic of our sinfulness. In reality, however, we encounter it everyday, both in ourselves and in others. As the psalmist writes elsewhere: “there is no one who does good” (Psalm 53:1). When God speaks His law and, in doing so, reveals our sin, it is grace. Why? Because apart from that revelation of who we truly are, we would be truly lost.  It is grace of God that reveals our sin.

Lastly (at least for my purposes here), we find grace in God’s law because it leads us to the Savior, Jesus. When we encounter God’s truth (the grace of His voice speaking) and our sinfulness (the grace of His truth about us), we known we need someone to save us. The ultimate grace that we find through the law is that there is One who has perfectly kept that law and yet taken the punishment of our sinfulness upon Himself. Jesus heard, accepted and fulfilled the law in Himself. It is this ultimate grace that we encounter in the law via the righteousness of Christ. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

May we each find grace in God’s law today.

3 thoughts on “Grace in the Law

  1. Well, yes the Law was given to show us our need for a Savior but don’t ever stay in the Law as a means of obtaining your standing before God. If you have recieved Christ you found grace by His fulfilment of the Law on your behalf! And ended it for you as a means of relating to God. Now we stand in His Righteousness alone. Not sinless but blameless. No longer alientated from the life of God but indwelt by Him.

    • I completely agree, Grace. We cannot obtain standing before God in the law in ourselves, but Christ has done that for us.

      I was merely refreshed by the truth that in God’s law we find a pathway to God’s grace in Christ, not just a dead end. The law leads us to Jesus, the grace-giver.

  2. Matt –

    God’s grace certainly is also to be found in the OT. Thank you for your insights.

    I am thankful that God does not change or discriminate. He meets the faithful in both testaments. Those in the OT by faith looking forward to the Savior and those in the NT by faith looking back on the Savior.

    And His law is magnificent. It makes me wiser than my enemies, more insightful than my teachers, provides greater understanding than the aged, restrains me from evil and is sweeter than honey to my mouth (Psalm 119:97-104).

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