The law of the Lord is perfect,
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,
The rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Inevitably, we are all on a daily quest to do something, to be someone, to get somewhere, to make something happen. We are all driven in some form or fashion for some purpose. Every day we wake up, and we have to choose how we are going to live our life. We have to choose how our life quest is going to go. Reading this beautiful psalm this morning made me consider what my daily quests consists of. Replace the term “gold” with today’s terms: money, riches, fame, popularity, acceptance. If we should desire the Lord’s precepts above all these things, then our lives should be on a constant quest seeking the Lord.
The law of the Lord revives the soul.
Do you need a revival in your heart? Do you feel worn down by things around you? Do you feel beaten down? I encourage you to dwell on the Word of God. Allow it to revive you. Allow it to fill your spirit with peace.
The testimony of the Lord makes wise the simple.
The greatest wisdom we could ever seek to attain is wisdom from above. The world’s wisdom and the world’s ways are folly. A wise man or woman is one who seeks their wisdom from the Lord. She is one who makes her decisions based on the Word of God.
The precepts of the Lord rejoices the heart.
Does your heart feel heavy? Are you following the precepts of the Lord? Precepts are God’s intentions for our moral behavior. It’s how we are supposed to live according to the Word of God. When we live by His word our hearts rejoice, but when we live in habitual sin, our spirit is in anguish, and we live with grief, guilt, and anxiety. God’s moral law is intended for our good. He set moral guidelines for our benefit. We should try to live by them daily if we want our hearts to rejoice.
The commandment of the Lord enlightens the eyes.
If we are to be wise in this present age, if we are to have discernment in these troubling times, then we need to be following the Lord’s commandments. God’s commandments open our eyes to what is good, holy, and true. It is through His commandments that we are able to discern truth from error.
The fear of the Lord endures forever.
Do you revere the Lord? Do you ponder upon Him? Are you in awe of His wonders and majesties? Stop for a minute and just try to wrap your mind around the fact that the Lord created the Heavens and the Earth from nothing. He spoke everything into existence. He created you and me. He formed every human in their mother’s womb. He is to have all of our reverence and admiration. He is to be feared and awed.
The rules of the Lord are righteous altogether.
The Lord’s rules, like Him, are righteous. And if we are seeking righteousness, we should seeks his Ways, His Words, and His rules. We should aim to live as he commands according to His Word.
The law, testimony, precepts, commandments, fear, and rules of the Lord are to be desired more than gold. Seeking them is sweeter than honey.
Do you desire them more than gold and riches?
Growing in the Lord is the greatest pursuit we could ever undertake as a Christian. It should be the quest that defines us. It should be what dictates our life. It should characterize our actions, our thoughts, our beliefs, our heart’s desires. We should be dwelling on His law, His testimony, His precepts, His commandments, daily. These things should be dominating our thoughts and directing our desires. It’s a wholesome challenge and a righteous pursuit. Are you fueling your life quest with the Word of the Lord? Are you dwelling on Him? Seeking Him?
Drown yourself in God’s word. God works through His Word. Seek Him first every morning. Dwell on His precepts constantly. Live your life for Him.
Continue reading Psalm 19:11:
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.