Reflections from Psalm 19 (part 2)

Psalm 19:7-11 CSB – 7 The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the command of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold — than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. 11 In addition, your servant is warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward. (emphasis mine)

God’s Word is sufficient. Just as constant and dependable as the sun rising and setting each day, just as sure as the location of the stars in the night sky, God’s Word is true, and His Word is sufficient (enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end, according to Webster’s dictionary). Sufficient is not just barely squeaking by, or stretching to make it be enough. Sufficient is enough to meet the need.

towrah — law, instruction, the overall comprehensive law of the Lord is tamiym — perfect, complete, whole, entire;

`eduwth — testimony (example, when a prophet said ‘thus says the Lord’) is ‘aman — sure, faithful, established, verified, true;

piqquwd —precepts, often the mandates of what to do are yashar –right, correct, straightforward;

mitsvah — commandment, the nuance of what not to do is bar –pure, clean, sincere;

mishpat —judgments, ordinances, the verdicts of God’s judgment are ’emeth — true, reliable, faithful.

Like an overlay, for want of a better description, is the fear of the Lord — that reverential awe and submission to His sovereignty; the commitment to obey God because He is God — that endures forever. I can trust God’s Word to be sufficient today because God does not change.

When I studied the myths and legends of different societies, it struck me how much “guessing” people had to do. The ancient Greeks never knew for sure if one of the gods of the weather or elements would be fighting with another god, or jealous of a human, or just in a bad mood, and that would affect how that god would react in that situation. There was no assurance; life was a series of trying hard and scheming and wishing one was in the right place at the right time. In many societies, guesses of how to “please the gods or spirits” would be based on weather patterns or food supplies or health conditions. There was not a concrete body of law or a revealed description of the gods. What the spirits wanted yesterday may not be sufficient for tomorrow . . .

Not our God. Not Jehovah. He is I AM. He has given us His Word, not simply to tell us how to live, but to reveal His character and His ways to us. He has laid out His plan of redemption, and even told us how the story ends!!!

In the next post I will focus on the results and effect of God’s Word, but for now, spend some time in gratitude for a God who would show us His ways and teach us His paths, who would guide us in His truth and teach us . . .for He is God our Savior; we do hope in him all the day long. (from Psalm 25)







One thought on “Reflections from Psalm 19 (part 2)

  1. That is a good reminder for all of us. God’s word is sufficient to meet all of our needs. Not necessarily what we want, but what we need. The more we know His word, the more we will be able to live in that freedom of knowledge that we have what we need. Thank you for the reminder!

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