The first three verses of this chapter gives us the secret of a happy, fruitful, and satisfied life. “He that doeth these sayings of Mine shall be likened unto a wise man” (Mt.7:24).
Let me say,even to the doer of the word, trials will come, rains of affliction will fall from above, floods of persecution or troubles will arise from the earth, and mysterious winds of spiritual temptation will beat upon him from all quarters; but he has a good foundation of real, vital, practical faith, and therefore he survives every test, (Mt. 24:13) “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
We must have a solemn declaration. We must believe there is only one God, “The Lord our God is one Lord” (v.4).
Note what Jesus said to Philip “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (Jh. 14:9), “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. (Jh.14:11).
(Heb.1:3) states, ” Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
(Eph 4:4) declares, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism,One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Satan believes there is but one God according to (Jas 2:19) “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” ((Rev.1) declares Jesus Christ to be the Almighty God, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
We must have an Absorbing Attitude. “Thou shalt love the Lord with all thine heart, soul, and might” (v.5). If the Lord absorbs the affections there will be no more room for self or the world. No provision for the flesh, (Phil.1:21) tell us, “For to me to live is Christ,”
It was a purpose in Paul’s life to enjoy Christ. He drew his comforts from him. His happiness he found in communion with him. It was not in the works of art; not in the pursuits of literature; it was not in the fashionable world; but it was in communion with his Saviour, and in endeavouring to please him.
Note what Jesus said to Peter in (Jh.21:16) “He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
We must have a Gracious Responsibility. Note (v.6,9). “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
When the Lord is loved His words will be treasured, thought of, talked, written and lived ever day of our life.
(Ps.1:2) tells us, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Our will, desire, affection, every motive in our heart, and every moving principle in our soul, must be on the side of God and his truth.
He takes up the law of the Lord as the rule of his life; he brings all his actions and affections to this holy standard.
(Job 23;12), declares, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” Job was saying, I have esteemed, I have hid, I have laid it up, as men do their best treasures, or what they most love and value. These words notes a high estimation of it, a hearty affection to it, and a diligent care to preserve the words of the Lord.
There is a need for An Unmerited Possession. Note (v.10,11) “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,”
The inheritance of the saints, present or future, is not the fruit of there own labour, but the outcome of infinite grace (Eph. 3:16,19).
To be filled with all the fulness of God, is to have the whole soul filled with meekness, gentleness, goodness, love, justice, holiness, mercy, joy and truth.
What God fills, neither sin nor Satan can fill; consequently, it implies that the soul shall be emptied of sin, that sin shall neither have dominion over it.
Religion is spiritual, elevating, pure and Godlike. We dwell with God; walk with God; live with God; commune with God; We try to be like him.
We must become partakers of the Divine nature, by grace through faith are we save.
There is always a need to be Reminded, (v.12) tell us “Beware lest thou forget the Lord which brought thee from the house of bondage.” Member will preserve our sympathies for the unsaved, “such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.“ (1.Cor. 6:11).
Should not every soul therefore magnify God for this our lot in life? “Before I was afflicted,” says David, “I went astray;”
Had it not been for poverty and affliction, as instruments in the hands of God’s grace, multitudes of souls now happy in heaven would have been wretched in hell, “But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” (Lk.16:25).
God’s promises will always be Conditional, “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee,(v.18).
Many things seem right in our own eyes, as many superstitious and sinful practices seem right and good to evil-minded people.
Let God’s will and word, and not our own fancy or designs, be thy rule in God’s service.
Good actions are often said to be right in God’s sight, note what the Lord said to Abram, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Gen.17:1).
To walk before God, is to set God always before us, and to think, and speak, and act, in everything as unto the Lord’s watchful eye.
We must have a constant regard to the Lord’s word, as our rule of life, and to his glory as our end in all our actions.
Our walk must be inward with the Lord in all our duties of religious and worship, we must be wholly for him in all holy conversation, “walk before me and be thou perfect.” (Gen.17:1).