Psalm 19:7-8 - The Verses Project

Bible Psalm 19:7-8

Posted July 14, 2015

[7] The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
[8] the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;

We wanted to let you all know that Joel Limpic recorded an album for Psalm 1 and it recently released digitally on iTunes & Amazon. It was produced by our friends Dave Wilton (Josh Garrels, Loud Harp, Boy And His Kite) and Latifah Phillips (Page CXVI) and like Verses Project, is word for word Scripture. This psalm is a gateway to all the other psalms and we hope that this recording is a tool for memorization & meditation. Here’s a link to the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/psalm-1-single/id1014007196

This week we take time looking at Psalm 19:7-9. Psalm 19 is a remarkable psalm celebrating the revelation of God first through creation (vs. 1-6), and then in His law (vs. 7-14). The way David describes the Bible is both encouraging and convicting! Dr. Sam Storms wrote about about this passage in a article entitled “Drippings of the Honeycomb” which was adapted from his book “Pleasures Evermore”. We hope his thoughts help you plunge into this text, but even more so, remind you of the joy and need we have for God’s Word in our lives!

In Psalm 19:7-11 we find six declarations that tell us what the Bible is and does: six nouns, six adjectives, six verbs. The focus is on the identity (the nouns), the quality (the adjectives), and the function (the verbs) of Scripture.

First, "the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul" (v. 7a). As for its identity, it is a law, or instruction, pointing us in the direction of what is right and away from what is wrong. It does this perfectly, without the slightest defect, never lacking what is needed to address our circumstances. Its function is to revive our souls, to refresh and renew and to remind us that the pleasures of obedience to God's law are delightfully superior to all rival claims that would lead us in another direction.

Second, "the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (v. 7b). Scripture is the record of God's own witness to who he is and what he will provide for us in Jesus. This testimony is sure, which is to say it is true in principle and verifiable in life's situations. The Bible takes the undiscerning, naïve and gullible person and makes him wise. He who is immersed in the Word is equipped to choose wisely where no explicit direction is found.

Third, "the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" (v. 8a). God's rules are never wrong. We can always rely on them to provide truth and accuracy. She whose heart is fixed on the precepts of the Lord is never at the whim of public opinion polls or the fickle fluctuations of human advice. In God's precepts one finds cause for joy and reason for rejoicing. This is God's remedy for a sinking, sad, broken heart. If your heart is sour and embittered and could use an injection of joy, memorize and meditate and mull over God's precepts.

Fourth, "the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (v. 8b). That word "pure" may also be rendered "radiant" (NIV). God's commandments shine and shimmer and glow and glimmer. They are brilliant and bright and dispel the darkness of human ignorance and senseless advice.

Here we see again the inseparable link God has forged between Word and Spirit. "God has ordained that the eye-opening work of his Spirit always be combined with the mind-informing work of his Word. His aim is that we see the glory of his Son (and be changed). So he opens our eyes when we are looking at the Son - not at soaps or sales. The work of the Spirit and the work of the Word always go together in God's way of true spiritual self-revelation. The Spirit's work is to show the glory and beauty and value of what the mind sees in the Word" (Piper, "Wonderful Things From Your Word," 1-11-98, www.desiringgod.org).

Credits

Devotional by Sam Storms from http://www.samstorms.com/all-articles/post/drippings-of-the-honeycomb--psalm-19:7-14- .
Song by David Bowden.
Recorded & mixed by Kelcy White.
Artwork by Tim Krause.