As Psalmists of the Bible meditate on God's law, they see a beauty and perfection that modern Christians often miss. Our theology rightly prizes the gift of salvation above statutes, expectations and requirements. Yet there is much beauty in the world described by the commandments, a community in which the God of grace is worshipped instead of greed, fear and selfishness,;a world free of murder and any assault; nights free of fear, days full of peace.
What happens when you read the commandments as promises? Consider just one command, "You shall not covet." This is a command that makes an impossible demand: I want more stuff, I want to see the world, I have a bucket list swollen with desire. My friends have this and that, my enemies prosper. I've never been there. I want to go there again. I don't have enough money in the bank or days in my life to obtain all that I want.
The demands of our appetites are impossible to satisfy. The tyranny of discontent dwarfs the power of the commandment.
Here then is the promise embedded in the command: In Christ you shall be set free from covetousness. Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." Philippians 4:11 (NIV84): "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV84): "But godliness with contentment is great gain."
Imagine being set free from covetousness. The little Green Monster of envy - gone! God has begun a good work in you to bring contentment, fulfillment and satisfaction into your life, realigning your desires and appetites with in the boundaries of goodness and reality. And I am confident of this: that he who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion for the day of our Lord Jesus. One day we will rest content, delighted in the prosperity of others, happy with the blessing we have, satisfied. Could there be greater promises? Meditate on God's law and see if there are!