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      Psalm 119:41-48 (NKJV)

      Let your mercies come also to me, O Lord –
      Your salvation according to Your word.
      So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,
      For I trust in Your word.
      And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
      For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
      So shall I keep Your law continually,
      Forever and ever.
      And I will walk at liberty,
      For I seek Your precepts.
      I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
      And will not be ashamed.
      And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
      Which I love.
      My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
      Which I love.
      And I will meditate on Your statutes.

      The word translated here as “at liberty” literally means “roomy, in any (or every) direction” (https://studybible.info/strongs/H7342). Thus, the idea is that of walking in a large open space – that is, freedom. And the source of that freedom is seeking out God’s precepts. Where anxiety binds me and restricts me, God’s truth allows me space to breathe. But how does this work when God’s law inherently involves limitations and restrictions on what I can lawfully choose to engage in? Well, consider this thought… I know that it is absolutely more stressful for me to figure out something as simple and inconsequential as where I want to eat when my choices are limitless, compared to having just a few acceptable options to choose from. God’s law lays out the boundaries of what is acceptable to Him, and there is incredible freedom in knowing that I can choose ANYTHING within those boundaries and know that my soul is safe. And when I look beyond those boundaries with honest eyes, I can see the threat to my heart and soul that lays behind every choice that presents itself so innocently.

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