Thursday, April 23, 2015

What's refreshing, wise, joy-giving and radiant?

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (‭Psalm‬ ‭19‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

What stands out to me is how valuable David sees God's word. He uses several words to describe Gods' words:


God's word gives us boundaries like laws and statutes--but it's more than legal rules.

His word gives us principles, lessons and guidance like precepts--but it's more than a moral guidebook.

His clear will and ways are laid out before his people like commands--but his word is more than military instruction.

His word is, "Perfect, refreshing the soul." It's, "Trustworthy, making wise the simple." It gives, "Joy to the heart." It is, "Radiant, giving light to the eyes."

Yes, God's word is more than law, statute, precept and command--though it is surely all of these things. It's so much more. For these things alone do not refresh our soul or make us wise or give us joy. No, that requires someone behind the words of such glory that anything he says creates and transforms life.

That is what God's word does. His perfect and holy character wrapped in his enduring love make anything he says true and life-giving. Nothing compares to that.

What is God saying to you?

What are you going to do about it?