Monday, March 2, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, March 8, 2015
Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 11 (Read)
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul."
This Sunday's Psalm celebrates the law of the Lord, first given to the Israelites when Moses received God's commandments on Mt Sinai.
More than a set of rules that we cannot hope to follow, God’s commandments give us wisdom; they ‘rejoice the heart.' They are 'more desirable than gold, sweeter also than honey.’
Our psalmist David shows us that obeying the law does not prevent us from being happy. The Psalm
speaks to us of 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.”
Obeying the law brings much reward. If we are to imitate
the divine life, everything we need to know is found
in God’s law.
We may think of God's statutes as something intended
to control us or restrict us, but as our psalmist explains,
the law of the Lord is in fact something to be desired,
because the law gives us wisdom and provides us
with something we can trust.
God's statutes endure forever. It is through the verses
of this Psalm that we know His law is a source of spiritual
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.