Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Psalm 19

Psalm 19:7-11
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are
    radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
New International Version (NIV)

This passage is everything we need to know in a nutshell!  God has given us His word, the Bible, which is His perfect law: 
·             It is trustworthy, good, and simple.  
·             Its precepts, or directions, are right and bring joy to the heart – especially a heart burdened with the weight of sin and the desire to be rid of it.
·             The Lord’s commands are enlightening.  They open the eyes of the blind and help the confused and those blinded by sin to see the way, to turn back to the Lord.
·             The fear of the Lord – true Godliness – is pure, clean and it will cleanse us.  It lasts forever, never running out.
·             The laws of the Lord are firm, never wavering or changing. There is no unrighteousness in them at all.
·             More precious than Gold – a precious metal – and sweeter than honey.  Honey is sweet; but honey just out of the comb has a sweetness, richness and flavor, far beyond what it has after it becomes exposed to the air. Only those who have eaten of honey from the comb can feel the force of the psalmist's comparison: it is better than gold, yea, than fine gold in the greatest quantity; it is sweeter than honey, yea, than honey from the comb. –Adam Clarke Commentary
·             The reward is in following God, living a life pleasing to Him and lining your life up with His word. 
If we use it like we are supposed to and spend time with God every day in His word and prayer, we will be changed for the better.  The Bible is a tool, an instruction manual, and its worth is more valuable than anything in the world.  Focus on this passage today and think about all the good things God gave us when he gave us the Bible.   

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