Crumbs
August 13, 2020
255. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
I will run the way of Your commandments when You shall enlarge my heart.
          I will run the way of Your commandments when You shall enlarge my heart.   Psalms 119:32
          No man as he is by nature delights in doing according to God's commandments; neither, indeed, can he; for sin has taken possession of him. But it is quite different with one who is justified through faith in Christ. Such a one knows that he is loved by God. And knowing that God loves him he realises his sinfulness all the more. In the light of the loving grace of God his sinfulness appears so much darker to him. And that pains him. And notwithstanding all this, he knows that God loves him, and that He sees and desires to see nothing upon him but the righteousness of Christ. And his heart becomes enlarged in view of this great and wonderful grace of God. His heart is filled with consolation, and being comforted, it opens wide toward God and the love of God towards him; and in a heart thus comforted and opened the love to God is born, the love towards Him who loved him first. And then, yes, then man begins to run the way of God's commandments. "I will run the way of Your commandments when You shall enlarge my heart." Then there is no need of the rod of the Law, no need of an oppressor, of any compulsion. Within the justified sinner there is a new law, the law of love to God; he is mightily impelled by the Spirit of Christ. And the love of Christ constrains him - it is a sweet compulsion - to do what is well pleasing to Christ, to God. The Law of God no longer needs come to him from without, as a stranger, with insistent demands; no, it is written in his very heart and mind: he wants to, he really, truly, wants to do it. Justification through faith in Christ is the means, the only means, and the strong and sure means, through which man becomes desirous of doing according to God's commandments. My dear Christian, do you know this from experience? Do you know what this means?: "I will run the way of Your commandments when You shall enlarge my heart."
          PRAYER: - O Lord, this is my life and my only consolation, that You daily and richly forgive all my sins and thus justify me, a poor sinner, for Jesus Christ's sake. How great, O God, is Your love and Your compassion, which You have graciously granted me to know through Your Word and Holy Spirit. My poor heart can hardly realise it. But, O Lord, I love You and delight in Your commandments after the inward man. O that I might love and serve you better! Help your poor child, O faithful God, help me! Amen.

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