Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11
This Psalm celebrates the law of the Lord,
first given to the Israelites that day on Mt. Sinai in the desert. “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; his statutes are true, all of them just.”
But more than a set of rules that we cannot hope to follow, God’s commandments give us wisdom; they ‘rejoice our hearts; they are more ‘desirable than gold, sweeter also than honey.’
The Word is the same way;
even though we may be convicted by the Word,
our Savior Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law
and make us right with the Lord.
And just as the disciples came to believe in the scriptures
when Jesus was raised, we too know Him as the ‘Word made flesh,’
the one who perfected the ‘wisdom of God.’
Our Psalmist David shows us that obeying the law does not prevent us
from being happy. Instead, obeying the Law “brings much reward.”
We may think of statutes as something intended to control us or restrict us,
but as our psalmist explains, the law of the Lord
is in fact a source of joy, something to be desired,
because the law gives us wisdom and provides us with something
we can trust.
This Psalm tells us about the joy that is stirred up in our hearts
when we follow the Lord’s commands.
“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.”
The Word and the statutes endure forever.
They are refreshing to the soul; they enlighten the eye.
It is through the Word that we know his commandments
and through this Psalm that we know His law is
a source of refreshment, a source of joy.
His statutes do not bind us, they set us free.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist says that the ordinances of the Lord
are 'sweeter than honey.' How can it be that, instead of being harsh,
the commandments of the Lord are sweet to the taste? Explain.
2. Our psalmist says that the commandments of the Lord
are a source of joy -- they 'rejoice the heart.' Tell about how
obeying the commandments can be a source of joy in your life.