“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.”
In this portion of Psalm 19, we see a shift from creation to the law of the Lord. To the people of God in the time when this Psalm was written, the law was their gift from God. They were still awaiting the coming Messiah and God Himself wrote the Ten Commandments to give to Moses and the people. This would be similar to how precious our Bibles are to us today. God’s words are sacred and special to all who believe in Him.
This Psalm shares adjectives about how the law is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, firm, precious, and sweet. When we reflect on these words, we see that God’s commandments all come from His love. He refreshes us, makes us wise, gives us joy, and gives us light. The analogy of light from the sun is used right before we see the imagery of God’s law illuminating our lives. Part of the job of light is to reveal what has been hidden in the darkness.
How is God’s Word revealing sin in your life today? How can you take steps of surrender to repent and walk in the light and no longer in darkness? How can you ask the Holy Spirit to fill you up and enable you to walk in ways of the Lord? When we do so, this chapter expresses that there is great reward.
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