The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:8b-11
David is revelling in God’s Word. Are you starting to get the idea that the Bible is a big deal?
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Commands and precepts are similar. They aren’t God’s suggestions, they are “must do’s.” We can’t take them or leave them or explain them away. The commands of God are pure, or radiant, and they give us light. David wrote in Psalm 119:105 that God’s word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. In other words, as we stake our lives on the Bible and obey what is written in it, we will receive guidance from God. He will direct our steps.
Take the opposite side for a minute. If you don’t have any regard for God’s commands, your eyes will be dark. Have you had ‘dark eyes’? Do you someone else like that? They are troubled and evil minded. And, your path will be muddy and jumbled. You won’t get to where you try to get to. Something will always get in the way. That’s because you’re not doing things God’s way. Things won’t work out then.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. In Proverbs 1:7 we find that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (or wisdom).” If we fear God that means that we take His Word seriously and have an intent to obey, knowing that God always gets His way. God’s word is clean, pure, and perfect. And God’s Word endures forever.
There aren’t many things that endure forever. Our stuff doesn’t. Our hobbies don’t. Our souls do, what God says (His Word, or the Bible) does, and things we do that have eternal value last forever. Matthew 6:19 tells us to store up treasures in Heaven. One way to do that is spend time on spiritual things, like prayer and Bible study.
The rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Other words for rules are judgments, laws or ordinances. God’s judgments are just and righteous. Psalm 119:160 summarizes this well by saying, “The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.” If you pick a fight with God, you’re bound to lose. So surrender to the rightness of His ways and you will find peace.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. God’s words are more precious than a big bank account. And they are sweeter than Dove chocolate. Can you say this?
By them is Your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. God’s commands give us warnings for those who violate them and rewards for those who keep them. The rewards are usually not monetary, though it can involve having a blessed life. That blessed life extends from this life into a guaranteed eternal life in Heaven.
May you have the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to obey God’s commands and to experience God’s rewards.