Psalm 19: 8, 10, 12-13, 14
“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.”
This Psalm celebrates the Law
of the Lord, first given to Moses
on Mt. Sinai. But it also tells us
what God’s Law reveals about
our Creator, and about the joy
that is stirred up in our hearts
when we follow the Lord’s commands.
If we are to imitate the divine life,
everything we need to know is found
in God’s Law. Our psalmist David
shows us that the Law of Moses is an
instruction manual for life. We learn
that obeying the Law does not prevent
us from being happy or limit us in
a negative way. Instead, obeying the
Law brings much reward.
We are kept from willful sins
by the Law. Obey the Law and
we will not be controlled by sin
and instead will be able to walk
as God fearing people. We may think
of statutes as something intended to
control us or restrict us. But as our
psalmist explains, the Law of the Lord
does the opposite – it 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.
“His ordinances are true, all of them just.”
Far more than a set of rules that we
cannot hope to follow, God’s commandments
refresh our souls; they give ‘wisdom to
the simple;’ they are more 'desirable than
gold, sweeter also than honey.'
It is through the inspired Word of God
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.
The reading of the Law should not
make us sad, but be a source of rejoicing.
Give us ears to hear!
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Psalm Response this Sunday is "The precepts of the Lord
give joy to the heart." Do you believe that the Lord's commandments
can be a source of joy, instead of a set of rules and restrictions? Explain.
2. Our psalmist says that the 'decree of the Lord gives wisdom to the simple.'
Describe how God's Law inspires you to celebrate God's perfection and helps
you to imitate the divine life.