Psalm 19 beginning in verse 7 can help us to learn about the Word of the Lord.
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The law of the Lord is His revealed will, which is what we read in the Bible. We have encountered people’s wills – our own and others. Those wills haven’t been perfect. Most often there has been a problem, something that needed to be changed. But God’s will is perfect and has always been perfect. It is so perfect it can bring restoration of the most important part of our being – our eternal souls.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The testimony of the Lord is His truth. Testimonies of people haven’t always been the truth which causes us to be unsure at times on what to believe from people. The testimony of the Lord is true so we can be sure, be confident, that what we read in the Bible is the truth. This truth is so carefully stated that even the simple can be made wise by reading it.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
Another word for precepts is instructions. We have received instructions from people that have not been right; we may have even given some incorrect instructions ourselves. God’s instructions are right. If we follow them, we will be going the correct way. There is a lot of joy in receiving instructions that you know you can accomplish. Following God’s instructions, His precepts, can give us great cause for rejoicing. They are always right and can be followed because the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers is there to help.
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The commandment of the Lord is His authoritative word. Words that we have received from human authorities may have been harsh, unkind or rude, but God’s words of authority are pure, very pure. Hearing words from human authorities can bring a dark response in our minds because of confusion or emotional response. God’s Words bring a light to the mind that leads to greater understanding.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
To fear the Lord means to have a reverential trust. There may have been people that we have respected, maybe even had a reverence towards, but then that person does something wrong or betrays a trust. Now our thoughts towards this person are no longer reverence. Thoughts of this person may even make us feel dirty. A reverential fear of the Lord is clean always. He cannot sin or dirty His name, and it is a cleanness that will last forever.
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
The judgments or decisions of the Lord are true. Judgments of people have been found to have errors in them. The judgments may have been based on lies, bias or misinformation. God’s judgments are true and righteous. All of them are true and righteous, not just a few of them.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
The remaining verses of the psalm tell us what the Word of the Lord will do for us. It will give us warnings so that we can keep from wrong and do right. Doing the Words of the Lord can bring rewards. His Words will help us to find our own faults which will help us to not be controlled by sin. God’s Word can bring forgiveness and a blameless life. They provide for us something worth speaking about and thinking about. They help us to be accepted by God, who desires to be our Redeemer.
How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.