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;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
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.
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
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.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Comment: This passage follows on from yesterday’s in which David saw the Mastermind Creator in Creation. Today we see what David considers a logical jump – the maker writes a modus operandi! If you have ever read that longest of Psalms (119) you will have a picture of how broad is David’s understanding of the word ‘law’.
- This ‘law’ or these instructions are perfect for restoring the inner man; making wise the un-understanding; bringing joy to the heart and sight to the eyes which see beyond the outwardly visible.
- The law causes an enduring healthy fear of the Creator.
- They have the beautiful qualities of honey to the taste and gold to the pocket.
- They contain a warning and can be used, if the instructions are followed to discern hidden and preserve from presumptuous faults and sins.
It ends with a prayer often used by preachers as they begin their talks but is worth sincerely praying every morning as we wake up!
Prayer: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.