The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Psalm 19: 7-8
David is declaring his praise for God’s law, and more generally, all of God’s written word. We know it as the Bible. How we view and esteem the Bible is foundational to our faith. If our beliefs about the Bible are faulty, our faith will be faulty as well.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. There are no mistakes or contradictions in the Bible, contrary to the claims of doubters. The Bible is also sufficient to meet all of our needs. Some may say that this is a book written by men, but that is not true. God told 40 men what to write through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They wrote using their personality and writing style, but rest assured, the Bible is God’s words.
And they are accurate and authoritative and they convert or revive our soul. In other words, as we digest God’s words, they change us from the inside out. And they give us spiritual life and health.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. That means that what God says about Himself, where we started and why we are here is true. It is also trustworthy, rock solid and prove-able. What God says, He will do. He will always keep His promises and we can rest on that truth. This makes us simple, or humble, people wise. If you want wisdom and humility, make the Bible your best friend.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart or giving joy to our hearts. Precepts are things that we are responsible for carrying out. They are God’s decrees and commands. God’s commandments are given to us for our provision and our protection, just like a parent’s rules for a teenager. Like a teenager may balk at his rules at times, but later sees it was for his benefit, so it is with God’s parameters for us. When we follow them, we find joy and freedom.
No other book or way of life will change our lives, make us wise and give us joy. The Bible is the prescription for whatever ails our hearts. Or, as David reflects in Psalm 119:93, “I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.”
Are you in the Word? Has it changed your life? Or do you just own several copies of it with fancy covers and pens for them? Just like your credit card: “Don’t leave home without it.”