God is sovereign. Law is perfect – not for its accomplishment, but by its nature. See also Ro 7:12. Obedience is a good thing. Reading Heb 11, the great chapter about faith and the patriarchs, we see that God reckoned them righteous by their faith which was manifest in their deeds. They were not saved by works, however God turned their faith into actions. Notice that God here is sovereign even in our obedience. Obedience does not save through the works, but through the repentant heart that has turned from fearing and obeying the world to fearing and obeying God. It is as impossible as it is illogical to try and divide faith from obedience. Obedience to God is different from works of the law. The former is of God, the latter is of man. One boasts of the glory of our Creator, the other boasts the glory of the created.
We obey what we fear. If we fear the law, we fear a created thing. If we fear God, we fear the Creator. God wants us to love him, not rules (or information) about Him. A great many Christians worship scripture as though it were God. God asks us to seek him first, to obey him, to know him. He seeks intimacy. We can replace Him with created things, be they law or scripture or pagan idols – it really doesn’t matter what it is. When we put these things ahead of him, even the best of things, we become the hypocrites Jesus exposed in the pages of the Gospels having the appearance of Godliness but lacking power – whitewashed tombs.
Lord God, thank You for your revealed word, for the testimonies of the saints and prophets, and for showing us right from wrong. Help us to know You, love You, and obey You with all our hearts. Let us not put Your creation above you, ever, but lead us and teach us to trust in You. Amen.