Law 3: Yahweh's Laws
Deuteronomy: 6.4 "Hear, Israel, Yahweh (is) our Sovereign. Yahweh is unique.
What we are here taught concerning the duty which Yahweh requires of man. It is all summed up in this as its principle, Thou shalt love Yahweh, thy Sovereign with all thy heart. He had undertaken (Deu_6:2) to teach them to reverence Yahweh ; and, in pursuance of His undertaking, He here teaches them to love Him, for the warmer our affection to Him the greater will be our veneration for Him; the child that honours (respect, reverence) his parents, no doubt loves them.
Did ever any prince make a law that his subjects should love him? Yet such is the condescension of the mercy that is made, the first and great commandment of Yahweh's law, that we love Him, and that we perform all other parts of our duty to Him from a principle of love. My son, give Me thy heart.
We must highly esteem Him, be well pleased that there is such a Being, well pleased in all His attributes, and relations to us: our desire must be towardsHhim, our delight in Him, our dependence upon Him, and to Him we must be entirely devoted. It must be a constant pleasure to us to think of Him, hear from Him, speak to Him, and serve Him.
We must love Him,
(1.) As the Sovereign, the best of beings, most excellent and amiable in Himself.
(2.) As our Sovereign, a Sovereign in covenant with us, our Father, and the most kind and bountiful of friends and benefactors. We are also commanded to love Yahweh with all our heart, and soul, and might; that is, we must love Him,
With a sincere love; not in word and tongue only, saying we love him when our hearts are not with Him, but inwardly, and in truth, solacing ourselves in Him.
With a strong love; the heart must be carried out towards Him with great ardour and fervency of affection. Some have hence though that we should avoid saying (as we commonly express ourselves) that we will do this or that with all our heart, for we must not do any thing with all our heart but love Yahweh; and that this phrase, being here used concerning that sacred fire, should not be unhallowed. He that is our all must have our all, and none but he.
With a superlative love; we must love Yahweh above any creature whatsoever, and love nothing besides Him but what we love for Him and in subordination to Him.
With an intelligent love; for so it is explained, Mar_12:33. To love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, we must know Him, and therefore love Him as those that see great cause to love Him. With an entire love; He is one, and therefore our hearts must be united in this love, and the whole stream of our affections must run towards Him. O that this love of Yahweh may be shed abroad in our hearts!