I read Psalm 19 this morning. Here are a few devotional thoughts:
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 in 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. (Psalm 19:7-9)
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” God has made himself known first by what he has made (also cf. Romans 1:19-20), and then by his word. God’s Law is special revelation and it reflects his character and love, and his holiness and justice. And his law is perfect; it is able to transform the lives of those subject to his word. It can revive the soul that is dead. But how can it do that?
God has added the gospel (that declares the redemptive love of God and his justice) to both creation (that declares the knowledge of God) and the Law (that declares the precepts and character of God). He has revealed himself as the Savior of sinners through Jesus Christ. He accomplished it in history, and it has been written in Scripture that we might know life and salvation by God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Ponder that. God has made himself known to sinners; he has done it to revive their souls and save them from hardness of heart, sin and rebellion. By his testimony, we who are simple are made wise–not in the wisdom of the world, but in the knowledge of God. By his Word that revives our soul, we rejoice in his precepts because they are right. By his Word, our eyes are enlightened to love the pure commandments of his precepts. By his Word, our healthy and loving fear of God is renewed and clean. We no longer will fear him out of shame, but we will have an upright fear of him that produces a wonder of his grace. By his Word, we will know that his rules are certainly true and that he is righteous altogether; but also, we will know that our righteousness is found in him through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God’s Word is sufficient and powerful (cf. Hebrews 4:12). In creation, by his Word all things were made. In his Law, his character was made known explicitly and his righteousness was taught to us by his precepts. In his gospel, he has granted us grace, redemption, justification, righteousness, and glory to those who will have faith and repent. By his Word, he will also see that it is done. “The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.”