Thursday, April 30, 2015
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect…
Sometimes when on a trip it’s necessary to spend extra time at an interesting location where the sights and sounds can’t be fully experienced in just one day. That is exactly how it is this morning as I continue to stop at another of the many scenic overlooks in Psalm 19.
Have you ever seen perfection? I wonder what images just came to your mind right now as you contemplated your answer. I don’t believe I ever have. Even though there are probably things that appear to be perfect in this life, they are not.
When sin entered the world, every part of God’s perfect creation was corrupted and made imperfect. Paul says in Romans that all creation groans for redemption. Therefore, since perfection can only be produced by perfection, everything we have in the world today is imperfect. It may appear to be perfect on the surface, but somewhere at some level, even deep inside in its very basic molecular structure, it is imperfect. When evaluated under the microscope of God’s perfection, everything falls short.
I do, however, believe I have experienced perfection. In fact, I have perfection dwelling in me. I am far from being made perfect, but perfection is at work in me. God himself, in the Person of the Holy Spirit, resides in me, and He is perfection personified. His presence brings the experience of perfection to my soul.
The Sacred Scriptures, God’s Holy Word, is the expression of His perfection. Therefore the Bible is perfect, as declared in Psalm 19:7. It is exhilarating to consider the reality that the Holy Spirit of God, using the perfect Word of God, brings perfection into my life. And when perfection meets imperfection, something amazing happens. Life changes. We are changed.
Consider the practical and personal products of God’s perfection in us:
- The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
- the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
- the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
- the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
I know it’s easy to just skim over things we read, but I urge you in the name of Jesus to go back and deeply consider the influence that perfection should be having on your life. Let me help you.
- reviving the soul; The word reviving means to return to the starting point. The perfection of God’s Word restores to us the joy of our salvation.
- making wise the simple; in other words, those who are silly and easily seduced by other viewpoints are made strong and secure in Christ through the witness (testimony) of the Holy Spirit in us.
- rejoicing the heart; the word rejoicing means to brighten up. This is significant. The only way to brighten up a heart that is darkened with discouragement is to fill it with what is right – the principles of God. We must stop letting the lies of culture and circumstances dictate our emotional state.
- enlightening the eyes; the commandment of the Lord is pure – it is clear, and illuminates our eyes. Remember the old song, “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone?” The dark clouds of life’s circumstances disappear and life looks luminous when we view it through the clarity of God’s commands.
Spends some time today reflecting on these four things and making them personal to your present experience. Let perfection begin to impact your life.
Then, when you are ready to test your love for the perfection of God’s word, read the rest of the Psalm and see if it truly expresses the reality of your heart.
- The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 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. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.