People sometimes think that the purpose of obeying God’s law is simply to keep him happy. It is true that he is pleased when we keep his law, but the reason why God gave us his law is not for his good, it is for our good. This is the God who is the creator of human life, the God who knows what is best for his people and for all people. The Ten Commandments are often described as the Maker’s instructions – for how human life will function best. Life is most fulfilled and happy when we keep God’s law.
Christopher J. H. Wright