Psalm 19, Part II (March 29, 2011)

[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. (Psalm 19 ESV)

10 Reasons

There are 10 reasons why David sees Scripture this way and consequently, why you and I should not only see it this way, but reap the benefits of Scripture as David explains them. We will cover 2 each day this week in an effort to revel in and resonate the glory of God through the Scriptures.

Reason #1: Scripture revives the soul.

1. Because it’s perfect: The word perfect here means whole or complete. Scripture revives the soul because there is no area of our lives to which Scripture does not apply.

2. You say, “But I’m going through trials like I have never before faced!” Look to other Scriptures:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV)

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 ESV)

Reason #2: Scripture Makes Wise the Simple.

1. Because it is sure: The word sure means firm, or established. Wisdom comes from the word of God which flows from the character of God who is trustworthy and constant.

2. We need wisdom from God because we are simple.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV)

Hope in the Scriptures

God has given us the Bible not just for our information, but our transformation (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

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