The Law of the LORD – Psalm 19

While people are desperately searching for God, they do not realise that His every creation reflects His power. But with modern innovation, people do not find the time to admire the beauty of nature. Innovations are the outcome of one’s inspiration from nature. However, people do not give any regard to nature but are crazy about the innovations it has inspired. We marvel at the innovative technology that enabled us to see each other and have a live conversation using our phones. But we do not have the patience to realize the wisdom of God who sees us in His palm (Isaiah 49:16). Ignorance has blinded the eyes of the people and they have started worshipping the creations in place of the Creator. Seeing the beauty of His creation that is all around us how are we not able to feel the omnipresence of God and His incomparable power?

The Ambassadors Of God

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Psalms 19:1-4

Before Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to go into the world as missionaries carrying the Good News, God appointed nature as His ambassadors everywhere in the universe to proclaim His glory. His creations speak out the mighty power of God and pave the way for us to spread the Good News. Yet, we nominate human ambassadors and depend on their influence to carry out our God-given mission. Prophet Habakkuk recorded the job description of these ambassadors and their places of work, which is not comparable with the capacity of humans. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14)”. Jesus had also brought out that His creations could speak and preach the glory of God.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out”

Luke 19:40

The Righteous Sun

In the heavens, God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Psalms 19:4-6

The warmth, represents the grace of God, as no living creature is deprived of His grace. Jesus ran like a champion rejoicing at the outcome of His sacrifices, and never bothered about the shame people brought to His name (Hebrews 12:2). Even those who abandoned Him were not deprived of His warmth grace. Jesus is the light of this world who gives light to everyone (John 1:9). This righteous Lord will come back as a bridegroom to gather His bride. He will judge the nation with Scepter in His hand.

The Perfection

The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalms 19:7-8

This is not a judgemental statement about the Law of the Lord but an experimental testimony of the refreshed soul. It is not exclusively about the Law of the Lord, but mostly about its application and the outcome. Who are we to judge God and His percepts? But there is no restriction to cherish in them. The law works in two different dimensions with two different sections of a people group. For righteous people, it gives light to their eyes as radiant, and in the lives of unrighteous people, it strengthens their sins (I Corinthians 15:56). Do we understand the law of God as a perfect one, or are we blaming them for our imperfections?

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the LORD are firm,
and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold
than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey
than honey from the honeycomb.

Psalms 19:9-10

The Bible teaches us not to fear, whereas the above portion tells us that fear endures forever. Practically speaking, it is not an irony but a symphony of love. It does convey the same meaning that His love endures forever because, in this portion, the fear refers to the love of God and our reciprocal (1 John 4:19). Loving God is the sweetest experience that leads us to understand the value of His laws more than the purest gold of this word. As long as we value the gold of the world higher, we miss out on the sweetness of the law, and the same percepts of God might taste bitter.

A Great Reward

By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

Psalms 19:11-12

People working in the Law Enforcement Departments are often encouraged with awards and recognition for their selfless service to the public. The Psalmist regarded the laws of the Lord as His reward. But, he did not kill any culprit hidden in some street corner, but the culprit who had hidden in the corner of his own life. As the blame came on his blood, he did not hesitate to expose it in the presence of God. The Psalmist declared that without the law of the Lord, he could not have traced the sinful path to reach out to the hideouts of his sin to hand over to God the executor of the righteousness. Still, the writer is doubtful of some hidden activities and surrenders of his life for the combing operation done by God. Have we ever done this in our lives? If not, there is still the scope to allow our God to engage His combing operation in all the hidden alleys of our lives.

Willful Sins

Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

Psalms 19:13

The truth is, only when we identify our nature of sinning wilfully, can we come out of that. Mostly, we do not realize that we are sinning willfully but somehow assume that we are sinning because of some evil power that overpowers us. Thus we underestimate the governing authority of our God. Unless and until we decide to sin in our hearts, we cannot sin. When we delay our decision not to sin, gradually, it takes over our lives. God said to Cain that sin is crouching at your doorstep, and do not let sin rule over you, but you must rule over it by doing good (Genesis 4:6). Are we ruling over sin, or is our sin controlling us?

Pleasing God

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer.

Psalms 19:13-14

The author of the book of Hebrews brought out the truth that no one can ever please God without faith. This Psalm reveals God to us as a protector and as the Redeemer. He protects us from every eventuality of sinning, and He redeems us from our past sin. He protects our salvation till the end of our lives to present us to God as an unblemished forgiven Child of God. Giving complete control of our lives to God is the only way to please Him with our words and the meditation of our hearts.


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