8.29.2018

The sweet value of Scripture.

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, 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.
Psalm 19:7-11

I love this passage of Scripture.
My 3rd-grade teacher taught us a song to help us memorize it, and I still remember it today!

In a recent Sunday morning Scripture reading (the quiet time I cherish each week in the empty sanctuary), this was the Psalm for the day, and I was struck by the adjectives the Lord used to describe His Word.
perfect
sure
right
pure
clean
true
All easy adjectives to understand - and - evoke a specific image. Even so, I wanted to do a word study and find the definition of each one. And I am glad I did! The definitions make the adjectives seem even stronger, especially when viewed in light of God's character.

perfect = being entirely without fault or defect

sure = firmly established

right = being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

pure = free from what spoils, weakens, or pollutes, containing nothing that does not properly belong, free from moral fault or guilt

clean = free from dirt or pollution, free from contamination or disease

true = being in accordance with the actual state of affairs, conformable to an essential reality,
fully realized or fulfilled

Inserting these definitions into the passage would make it read thusly:
The law of the Lord is entirely without fault or defect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is firmly established, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are in accordance with what is just, good, or proper, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is free from what spoils, weakens, or pollutes, containing nothing that does not properly belong, free from moral fault or guilt, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is free from dirt or pollution, free from contamination or disease, enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are in accordance with the actual state of affairs, conformable to an essential reality, fully realized or fulfilled, and righteous altogether.

Isn't that a wonderfully clear and detailed description of who God is and how He wrote His Word?
I love it!

But wait! There's more! This section of the chapter ends with a delightful description of the value of God's Word, and the promise of a reward for those who obey His commands and keep His law.
More to be desired are they (they = the laws, testimonies, precepts, commandments, and rules of the Lord) 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.

This last verse brings to mind this gem in the New Testament.
But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Praise for such rich truths sewn into every page of Scripture! It is worth more than gold and it does taste better than the sweetest honey on earth. But until we open the Book and dig through what is buried inside, we will never discover the treasure or taste the sweetness of His Divine design.

So, friends! Let's start digging!

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