In verse 4, the command is not only to keep the Lords precepts, but the keep them diligently. How do we do this? Well, first and foremost, we need to know what they are. We can’t possibly keep the Lord’s commands if we don’t know them, and the only way to know them is to study His word. For those who have been around church for years, some of these are no-brainers; love the Lord, love others, and refrain from killing and stealing.
However, did you know that there is a command in the bible that has to do with assembling together regularly with your local church? Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Habitual corporate worship is a command in the Bible, and the context here is so that we’d encourage each other to bear fruit because we’ll give an account for our lives to the Lord.
Men, are you leading your family to regularly attend your local church? Doing this diligently is your responsibility. Make 2015 the year where you don’t let other silly priorities (NFL playoffs, birthday parties, select sports, extra sleep, etc.) get in the way of obeying scripture.