Daily Devotional Friday 8th October

by William Moody

Psalm 19

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

19:1   The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork.
  Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
  There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
  Their voice2 goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
  In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
  Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
  The law of the LORD is perfect,3
    reviving the soul;
  the testimony of the LORD is sure,
    making wise the simple;
  the precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
  the commandment of the LORD is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
  the fear of the LORD is clean,
    enduring forever;
  the rules4 of the LORD are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10   More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
  sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11   Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12   Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13   Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
  Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.
14   Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Footnotes

[1] 19:1 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8
[2] 19:4 Or Their measuring line
[3] 19:7 Or blameless
[4] 19:9 Or just decrees

(ESV)

This Psalm deals with the two great lights God uses to make Himself known.

  1. Creation (v1-6)
    The world God made reveals His glory, His greatness, His worth (v1). Every day the world around is speaking to us of how wonderful God is (v2). People of all nations hear the voice of creation (v3-4) so all can know there is this great God to worship, love and obey. The sun is pictured like a great bridegroom who advances across the sky. Undoubtedly David is likening the sun here to the great Son who would come one day to claim His bride the church.
  2. The Law (v7-14)
    The word ‘Law here translate the Hebrew word ‘torah’ which speaks of the all the scriptures which existed at that time. David speaks of how God’s law is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, righteous, precious and sweet. What David tells us about what God’s law produces is thrilling here. The law revives the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes, warns the servants, brings great reward and protects from sin. How important a place has God’s Word in your life?

 

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