Precepts or Principles for Life

Psalm 119:89-176 A precept is a word that encourages principles for a long life and a life blessed by God. There are thousands of them! So what is a precept? It is a command or principle dictating how one should act or behave. The Ten Commandments give us the principles or precepts of what God expects. We are to love God with all our heart; He is to be the only God; we are to seek Him and serve Him only.

The psalmist reminds himself and us that to know how to act or behave, one must never forget and always seek the precepts. In Deut, Moses told the children of Israel to teach them when they sit down and when they walk by the wayside so that they, their children, and their grandchildren will be blessed with a long life. [Deut 6:1-5] The first is to: love the Lord our God with all our minds, whole being, and strength.

If you have yet to start teaching these precepts to your children or yourself, there is still time! Begin today! Isaiah gives us the way to do that: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” [Is 28:10 NKJV]

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