The Wisdom Psalm

The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life;

The testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.

The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad,

The command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever,

The ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous.

They are more desirable than gold ~ than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey, which comes from the honeycomb.  In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.  Psalm 19:7-11

Greetings fellow sojourners!  A psalm is a sacred song or hymn used in worship so let’s worship the LORD in spirit and in truth as we look at what the LORD’s word does for our entire being.

C.S. Lewis wrote about this psalm, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” (Reflections on the Psalms, pg. 63).  Let’s gaze at the beauty of the truths found in Psalm 19 as we see God’s disclosure of Himself and His purposes to mankind.

The revelation of God in these verses (v7-11) is given by the covenant God, whose name is LORD. The synonyms for God’s revelation as observed in the words, “instruction”, “testimony”, “precepts”, “commands”, “fear”, and “ordinances”  all indicate that God’s words bring enormous benefits to us in all-encompassing ways as it ‘renews our life’.  Lord, I desire to be in line with Your instruction.  Bring renewal to my life!

There are four benefits we receive when we embrace God’s revelation.  First, the renewal of life.  Renewal brings healing to the whole body by assuring forgiveness, receiving cleansing, and by giving life to the godly.  If you take a look at Psalm 80 you will discover the Psalmist says three times (v3, 7, 19) that when God unleashes his promises by his gracious redemptive acts, renewal comes. Second, God’s word is the source of wisdom to all who welcome it in every area of their life.  Third, the heart is glad (possesses joy).  We experience inner peace and tranquility when God is loved with our whole heart.  Fourth, the word of God makes our eyes light up.  Just like God has given the sun for light in creation (v4b-6) He has given His word for light in redemption.  Lord, I love that Your commands are so radiant they make my eyes light up!

Of all the striving man does to obtain “gold” in this life, this psalm is directing us towards God, the far better thing.  When we are committed to doing God’s will, we will call ourself the lofty title of His servant.

Prayer

Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent and cleansed from blatant rebellion. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:12-14)  Amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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