Reading the Word
Psalm 19:7–14 (ESV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In verses 1-6, this psalm teaches us that we can know things about God just by observing the created world around us. We see things like his great power, his beauty, and his care. This is what theologians refer to as natural revelation: what nature reveals to us about God.
Now, in verses 7-14, we turn to what theologians refer to as special revelation: the things revealed to us in the word of God. The psalm tells us that God’s word is perfect, true, and right and to be desired above all things. It revives the soul, it makes wise, it causes the heart to rejoice, and it warns.
In nature we find the power, beauty, and care of God on display. In Scripture, God’s special word to mankind, we find the truths of forgiveness and redemption and salvation through grace. May we find joy in God’s word to us as we respond in obedience and thanksgiving.
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