Psalm 19:7-9 –
- 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 for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
In rapid succession these verses invite us to consider six attributes of God's Word. Scarcely a day passes without the truth or the authority or the sufficiency of Scripture being questioned from one quarter or another. What a refreshing change these verses make! God's Word is "perfect," i.e. complete, all-sufficient; it is sure, right, pure, clean and true.
As such it revives us; it constantly renews our faith and brings us newness of life.
It confers on us, however foolish we may be, what the Bible calls wisdom – practical, down-to-earth direction for daily living.
It rejoices the heart, for the study of Scripture is not a dull chore but something which should brighten our day.
It enlightens the eyes, helping us to see clearly.
It endures for ever, unlike so much else in this life. "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
It is righteous altogether; if we follow God's Word we can depend on it to lead us in the right paths.
Prayer: O God, in Scripture we have one of your greatest gifts to us. Help us to read it and study it carefully and prayerfully so that it may rejoice our hearts, enlighten our eyes, and lead us always in the right way. Amen.