Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 19:7
“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” – Psalm 19:7
This particular verse is from David, and he is speaking of what God has revealed in God’s law. First, the Hebrew word translated law here is Torah, a reference to the Law of God given in the first five books of the Old Testament commonly called the Pentateuch. The idea of Torah is that it is instructions, precepts that are given to us as a guide to how we are to live our lives.
He calls the law perfect in that it lacks nothing in its completeness; nothing that makes it what it should be. In other words, it is complete as a revelation of divine truth and as a rule of conduct. And following this law turns us from the ways of sin to holiness. Now, I am not saying the law saves us, but what it does is help us live as we should. We see this idea in the first psalm. “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2. We are to delight or find pleasing His law, for by following it we can please God. “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8
He follows this with the phrase, ‘the testimony of the Lord is sure.’ This word ‘testimony’ refers to God’s revealed truth. Whatever God reveals to us is sure. It is not uncertain but is established. It can be relied on, if presented as God intended. And it trains people who are ignorant of what God requires of them.
We are saved through the shed blood of Jesus. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9. Again, works has nothing to do with our salvation, except it is proof that we are already saved. James put it this way, “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” However, Jesus did say the following, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15. And how can we keep His commandments? By knowing them, studying them so that we will do what they say; meditating on them so that we instinctively do what they demand.
It is important that we spend time in His Word every day. And not simply read it but think about what is says and how we can implement it in our own lives. Our desire must be to eliminate what is unpleasing to God and replace them with what truly pleases Him. By taking the time every day we can replace doing with becoming. We are new creatures in Christ. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. And the ways of this new life are found in His word, His sure and complete word revealed to us by God Himself.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.