Day 3: Friday, 8 March
The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul;
The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed];
In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors or omissions? Acquit me of hidden (unconscious, unintended) faults.
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous (deliberate, wilful) sins;
Let them not rule and have control over me.
Then I will be blameless (complete),
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
Continuing with Psalm 19, David reflects on God’s law. God’s law, the Old Testament Law as it is written down not only in the Ten Commandments but in great detail in the books of the law, is just and righteous, but it is also strict, hard to follow perfectly, and it prescribes penalties, or at least lays bare our own sinfulness. This is the only law that David knew, and he fell foul of God’s law a number of times, resulting in serious loss for him.
To David, who knew how much God has used him, and was fully aware of the position, privilege, honour, power and authority God has placed on him, God’s Law is so much more real. He spent time in reflecting on the Law’s demands, and was able to see how all people would benefit from obedient submission to it.
The Law is described as the best thing ever. In keeping these sweet, beautiful, true, right, priceless statutes the faithful will find reward.
Only by meditating on the law can a person become more aware of hidden sin. As David says, who can understand his [own] errors or omissions? As Christians we can only truly know who we are when we come closer to God in Jesus. I rejoice that in Christ I have a level of access to Father God that even the great king David did not have.
How much do you value the books of the Law (Exodus to Deuteronomy)?
How much do you value the pathway to Father God that Jesus has won for you?
Father God, your righteous and holy demands have been met in Jesus’ dying for me. In Christ I stand free from the penalties of the Law but open to its rewards, and I live in a new and enduring relationship with You. Thank you for giving your Son to the world. Amen.
a more meditative version
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org