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Devotion - January 25, 2013
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving 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. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
It was the night of our first wedding anniversary. A year before, we had carefully preserved the top layer of our wedding cake and placed it in the freezer. One year later we pulled it out of the icebox. After letting it thaw, we carefully unwrapped it and, with some fear and trepidation, gave it a taste. It was awful! The sweetness had disappeared, perhaps overcome by the frozen fish, beef and broccoli.
God’s Word is not at all like that. God’s Word never loses its sweet taste.
This portion of Psalm 19 is all about God’s Word. The words law, statutes, precepts, commands and ordinances are all synonyms for God’s holy Word. You can turn to God’s Word again and again and it never goes stale. The law is God’s instruction, his teaching. That instruction revives our souls with God’s love and gives joy to our hearts with its good news of Christ’s grace. His commands enlighten us. We see that we cannot keep those righteous commands as perfectly as he wants. They show us our own sin, the condemnation that sin deserves, and our desperate need for a Savior. But that same Word enlightens us by revealing that the Savior is Jesus Christ. That Word gives us the “fear of the Lord.” This doesn’t mean that we are afraid of him, but that we respect and revere him, that we stand in awe of him and again say, “WOW!” The wondrous glory of God’s love for sinners like you and me is revealed in his holy Word, the Bible.
That is what makes the Word of God more precious than gold, or platinum, or anything else that this world has to offer. That’s what makes the words of Scripture sweeter than any wedding cake or pastry, whether fresh out of the oven or the freezer. Only God’s Word has the answer to our sin and the hell we deserve. Only God’s Word tells us about Jesus: his life, death and resurrection experienced on our behalf and in our place. Only God’s Word gives us the hope, strength and encouragement we need for this life with all its trials and troubles, struggles and sadness, disease and death. Only God’s Word tells us of the sweetest and most precious news of all, our forgiveness in Christ Jesus and our future home in heaven with him.
So keep reading and studying God’s Word. Continue reading these devotions. Go to church regularly. Nothing is so precious and so sweet as the Word of God.
Dear Lord, may I always realize that nothing is more precious than your holy Word. Realizing that truth, send your Holy Spirit to enlighten me when I read it, and to empower me to live it. Amen.
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