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Better than Dove Chocolate and a whole bunch of money

chocolateThe 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.

 


The Bible Stands

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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.”