This has been an interesting week.  I have had several interesting conversations this week that circled around God, His existence and the choices we make, no matter how difficult, and how they do or do not follow the principles that God has laid out for us.  I was reading this Psalm last Sunday and it struck me how this is an affirmation of what God is, how His laws are and even how the precepts and laws that He has set up benefit us.
Psalm 19:7-9
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.
“The law of the Lord is perfect”.  Not the law of man, but the law of the Lord is perfect.  The law of the Lord is not restrictive or oppressive but rather, the law of the Lord refreshes the soul!
Then he goes on to say that “The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy”.  Statutes are established rules and established rules “make the simple wise” so that the rules do not change or confuse those who choose to follow them.
“The precepts of the Lord are right” which are guides for moral behavior.  The obedience of God’s children to His precepts in moral issues will guarantee a feeling of joy in their hearts.  Obedience does not only bring joy to the Father but also to His children….just like in the human household!  How wise a God He is.
“The commands of the Lord are RADIANT!” What a wonderful concept.  Reading the commands of the Lord and applying them to our lives….commands like “Go forth and preach the gospel”, “Go and be a blessing”, “Go forth and multiply”, “Praise the Lord all the days of your life”, and these commands give light to the eyes.  Why do you think that commands give light to the eyes?  Eyes are, after all, the windows to the soul!
“The fear of the Lord is pure” which relinquishes any definition of ungodly type fear.  This is a term of endearment and not sinful or jaded fear.   Remember “that every good and every perfect gift comes from above”.  Fear of God is certainly not meant to be true fear but a pure respectful, awed type of view “that will endure forever”.
“The decrees of the Lord are firm”.  They are never changing, not fickle, not unjust or unfair.  “And all of them are righteous.”  Not just some of them but all of them.
What a great and wonderful God we serve and what an honor it is to be included in His embrace, His watchful care, covered in His grace and constantly encouraged to carry on and fight the good fight.  Have a great week!