Monday, September 21, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Psalm 19: 8, 10, 12-13, 14 (Read)
“The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.”
This Sunday's 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
If I am to imitate the divine life, everything
I need to know is found in God’s Law. Our
psalmist David shows me that the Law of
Moses is an instruction manual for life.
I learn that obeying the Law does not prevent
me from being happy or limit me in a negative way.
Instead, obeying the Law brings much reward.
I am kept from willful sins by the Law. Obey the Law
and I will not be controlled by sin and instead will be
able to walk as a God fearing person. I may think
of statutes as something intended to control me or
restrict me. 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. This is so because
the Law gives me wisdom and provides me with
something I can trust.
“His ordinances are true, all of them just.”
Far more than a set of rules that I cannot hope to follow,
God’s commandments refresh my soul. 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 I know His
commandments and through this Psalm that I know
His Law is a source of refreshment, a source of joy.
His statutes do not bind me, they set me free.
The reading of the Law should not make me sad, but
be a source of rejoicing. Give me 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.