In Psalm 19, David writes not only about God’s revelation in His creation and in His Word, but he also writes about the response of his own heart.
“7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true;
they are righteous altogether.
10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
13Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”
I’d like to give you some things to ponder about this psalm. David uses different words to describe what God’s Word is. He lists the changes it makes in a person, and then he describes a few things about the condition the person was in before encountering God’s Word. Look the words over carefully and think about them. Do any of these conditions describe you?
Consider all of these effects of God’s Word on us, and then stop and ponder: what does each action tells you about the character of God? If God’s Law is perfect and restores the soul, what does that say about who God and what He is like? If God’s command is pure and makes the simple wise, what does that mean about God? If His precepts are right and they rejoice the heart, what does that tell you about God? And if His commands are pure and they enlighten the eyes, what does that teach you about God? What do you learn about God because His judgments are true? Because they are righteous altogether?
Look at verses 12-14. What does David recognize about himself? What does he ask God to do in verses 12-13? What is his final prayer in verse 14?
Go back and read all of Psalm 19. What is the relationship of the last three verses, 12-14, with the previous verses of the psalm?
May God’s Word be treasure for your heart.
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