Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Psalm 19:7-14 (ESV)

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;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Following the ways of the Lord may appear to be like swimming upstream against the current or going against the flow of traffic because His ways are so different from the ways of the world. However, what we find when we follow the ways of the Lord is contrary to what we might think. When we submit ourselves to Him we release the need for control and we find freedom and peace in His everlasting arms. He revives the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart and enlightens the eyes. Such is the perfect way of the Lord our God.

As we come to know the righteousness of our Lord more and more, we also desire, like David the psalmist, to be declared innocent of our sins – even the hidden ones: those we know about and hide from others, and those we don’t realize but are visible to God. In our own strength and power we cannot overcome the hold our sin has on us, but by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, He can break the stronghold sin has over us. Nothing is too great for His amazing grace. God in His mercy has redeemed us through His Son, Jesus, so that we are blameless and innocent of our great transgressions. Moreover, we are acceptable in His sight through the blood of Christ, sacrificed for us that we may have eternal life. Thanks be to God for His indescribable grace!

Gracious and merciful Father, great are your ways and righteous are your rules. Let not my sins have dominion over me but lead me in Your ways. May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing to You, Lord my God, my Redeemer.