When l-o-v-e spells free

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 If one were going to find the classic definition of the word ‘love’, one would have to consider (provided you spoke English) Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem asking, How do I love thee? 

I often wish there were more Latin or Greek spoken these days–now there are a couple of languages where people use words that actually mean what they say.  (Exaggeration here.)

Nevertheless, one could also consider the Hebrew language, which remarkably dissects a word so the clearer definition is always given if one will just ‘go back to the original text.’  

Several years ago I heard Hebrew spoken day in and day out as an ‘English’ teacher in an Orthodox Hebrew school when I had a half day First Grade.

Many of the words I heard the children repeat as they studied their words I’ve come to know first hand while doing my own study through Psalm 119.

There are Words like:

  • ‘torah’
  • ‘edot’
  • ‘piqquidim’
  • ‘khuqqim, khuqqot’
  • ‘mitswot’
  • ‘mishpatim’
  • ‘imrah,dabar’

(Besides being fun to say) their meanings can  be rendered as:

  • law
  • testimonies
  • precepts
  • statues
  • commandments
  • rules
  • word
In the 22 sections of this Psalm, these 9 Hebrew words are interchangeable for
God’s covenant relation with us.

Psalm 119:89-96

ל Lamedh
89 Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures. 91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.
96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.
Some of these are strong words in English, making us think of them as regulations for living, dictating our actions. 
But on closer inspection, we might find they are in fact,
guidelines to freedom.

“To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.”
Limitless, like the horizon.  Freedom within His boundaries.

There is safety in that. And more.

In The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, H. W. Smith says,  

“That God cares enough about us to desire to regulate the details of our lives is the strongest proof of love He could give….We never care about the details of people’s lives unless we love them….
God’s law is another name for God’s love, and the more minutely that law descends into the details of our lives, the more sure we are made of the depth and reality of the love.”

How He cares about the details of our lives–the route we take to the office, the time of day we stop for an espresso, where we shop for groceries and who we might speak to. 

The ‘just so happens’ incidences (like the one I had today at Starbuck’s–gosh. sigh.) show me He is always and forever speaking to us through his Word and his creation, showing His love to us.

I’m looking forward to finding a beach soon, to write my own name in the sand.

Linking up with Jennifer and Ann and the SDG Community

Finding Heaven

Photo by LM Johnson, used by permission

3 thoughts on “When l-o-v-e spells free

  1. Jen–yes, reminders….we need them every day. He DOES love us. Sounds like you're an amazing mom!

    Charity–thanks for the comment–all the silly 'us' details, i.e. 'happening to run into so and so just when you need to talk' at Starbuck's–those are the things that let me know He sees me and knows just what I need.
    bless you!

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  2. Oh, yes. I'll join you at the beach to write these lovely words. Crazy to think about, but I'm always writing and talking about how much God loves my kids but I never would have thought to write my own name in the sand.

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