Friday, 2/20

Today's Reading: Psalm 19:7-14

Today's Meditation: Let the words of God transform you

We all need the transforming power of God’s word in so many ways. Whether you are seeking wisdom in stressful and complex situations, encouragement when you are downhearted, or guidance on the way forward, you can find help in the pages of the Bible.

Obviously, David did not have nearly as much of the Bible as we have. But he did have ‘the law of the Lord’ (v.7a), ‘the statutes of the Lord’ (v.7b), ‘the precepts of the Lord’ (v.8a) and ‘the ordinances of the Lord’ (v.9b). He describes these words as being ‘perfect’ (v.7a), ‘pure’ (v.9a) and ‘precious’ (v.10a). In this psalm we see some of the effects of reading the Bible. It:

  • Revives your soul (v.7a)
  • Brings you wisdom (v.7b)
  • Gives joy to your heart (v.8a)
  • Gives light to your eyes (v.8b)
  • Warns you of danger (v.11a)
  • Brings you great reward (v.11b).

Reading the Bible and praying are very closely associated. Don’t simply read the Bible for information, but to hear God speaking to you. The natural response to that is prayer. It is a two-way process. That is why we try to finish each section of this Bible in One Year commentary with a prayer, responding to what God has shown us through his word. This is a model that we also see in this psalm, as David goes straight from extolling the virtues of the word of God into a wonderful prayer. David’s prayer is my prayer (vv.12–14): 

Lord, ‘forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me... May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer’.

Niki Gumble