January 20, 2018
Psalms 19:7-11… 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, enduring forever;
the rules of the lord are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, than much fine gold;
sweeter than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
This is a very comprehensive list of the qualities of everything that God says and does. The psalm was purportedly written by David and there is no reason to doubt that. He begins with The Law and then breaks it down and sort of finishes with “the rules.” He begins with the singular work which was known as “The law”. Then he writes it in the plural form making each law important. James said, in his letter to the churches:
Jmes 2:10… For whoever keeps the whole Law but falls in one point has become accountable for all of it. It is somewhat vague and unquestionable when one says, “I keep the Law.” It is much more trackable when one says, “I keep the rules.” I am reminded of an old saying, “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.”That is how it is with “The Law”. You cannot hide behind your good deeds and continue in disobedience, expecting good results. God will not be mocked. David began this list with the single work, “The Law.” He ended it with the specific rules within the Law. That is God’s perspective. He looks at us through the lens of perfection, as He is. My best approach to The Law is from the other side of the list… the individual rules. If I view my life against The Law, I end up wondering, “I wonder what I am missing?” if I look at it from the position of rules, I only deal with the one in front of me. I can think like that. I really can’t think in terms of total obedience. I want to, but I break down in the process. I must, ‘be obedient to what God puts in front of me.’