Tuesday, January 19, 2010


“There is great reward in keeping them.” (Psalm 19:11b)

Psalm 19 is one of the more picturesque psalms, leading the heart to soar into the Lord’s presence with praise. It reminds us of how the heavens themselves declare the glory of God.

Verses 7-11 present a thing of beauty themselves in six variations that merge together and focus on one point. The variations are: the instruction of the Lord, the testimony of the Lord, the precepts of the Lord, the commandment of the Lord, the fear [awesomeness] of the Lord, and the ordinances of the Lord. The focal point for all of these is the word of the Lord. They all are communications of the word of the Lord.

We also see six descriptions of the word of the Lord. It is: perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and reliable. These make the word of the Lord desirable.

Then there are six impacts of the word of the Lord. His word: revives the soul, makes the inexperienced wise, makes the heart glad, makes the eyes light up, endures forever, and is altogether righteous. This is how the word of the Lord enables us to live.

There is great reward in knowing the word of the Lord. There is even greater reward in obeying it.

Lord, May Your word impact our lives today in all the ways You have intended, that we may experience the rewards of obeying it. Amen.

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