Friday, June 10, 2016

God's Word Is Good As Gold: Commentary on Psalm 19:8-12

The Torah of ADONAI is perfect, restoring the soul. 8

The Testimony of ADONAI is trustworthy, making the simple wise 8b

The Precepts of ADONAI are right, giving joy to the heart 9

The Mitzvot of ADONAI are pure, giving light to the eyes 9b

The fear of ADONAI is clean, enduring forever 10

The judgements of ADONAI are true and altogether righteous 10b

They are more desirable than gold, yes, much more than pure gold. They are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward. 11-12

8-The Torah, the 1st 5 books of the Bible, also called the Law, was given by God to tutor us, to show us how to break the curse of sin and live righteously. While we are really grateful to live under grace and receive salvation through faith, the Law demonstrates God’s character, His moral values, His heart for people and shows us how He hates the sin that corrupts and harms us. He gave the law to help people live in a safe, healthy, productive environment. Jesus kept the entire law in our place so that we can receive the benefits as the Holy Spirit guides us. There is a reason for everything in the Torah and if we understand the reason, we can understand how to apply to our lives today so that we can receive refreshing and renewing in our souls and restoration in our lives.

8b-God’s testimony, His witness throughout all of Scripture, the law, the prophets, the historical accounts, all of it is true, reliable and accurate. We can believe every word of Scripture is a truthful and correct account of history and that it reveals God’s loving plan of redemption to us. His word makes foolish people wise.

9-The principles set forth in God’s word bring us joy and make our hearts glad. God loves justice, fairness and righteousness. When His Word was first given, it stood out as strikingly different than anything else. It teaches us how to treat our fellow man with dignity, honor and respect.

9b-The Mitzvot, or commandments, of God are entirely pure, radiantly pure, they give light to our eyes. They help us to see the truth and allow our eyes to shine brightly with a fire of purpose in this life

10-To fear God means to honor Him with deep reverence, awe and respect. This will never fade away, as the true worshippers of God will never lose our since of wonder and amazement at who He is. In context, the fear of God also means that we should have a deep and abiding respect for His Word, the Bible.

10b—God’s judgement is always right. His decisions overrule all human wisdom. He is a loving Father, who loves justice and fairness and hates evil. He hates the harm and suffering that sin brings and He loves to put things right in our lives. God’s judgement is always for our good, whether mankind agrees with Him or not. All Blessings and every good gift comes from Him.

God’s word is more desirable than riches or the sweetest of honey and there are great rewards in following it. It is so very good, so completely different and set apart from any other book. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”  (both Old and New Testaments)

Proverbs 13:14 tells us that:

“Wise instruction is a Fountain of Life.”

Jesus is the Word, the very mouthpiece and voice of God. All of the Bible is tutorial, a compass pointing to Jesus, revealing God’s plan for us, His character, His nature and showing us how much we need a Savior and what we need saving from. God will work through His word to:

-restore, refresh and renew your soul
-make you wise
-fill your heart with joy and gladness
-enlighten your understanding and make your eyes bright

Will you choose to believe? Will you drink from the refreshing fountain of God’s Word?

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