God is perfect. Therefore we find perfection in His laws and in all of His ways. The psalmist extols the laws’ benefits – it revives the soul, makes the simple wise, and makes the heart rejoice. Benefits come from living under the law. The psalmist recognizes his own imperfection and acknowledges that God does not expect perfection from us either.
The ways of God are valuable and important to life. To the psalmist they are as valuable as pure gold and as sweet as honey. For us as well there are benefits from following God’s statutes. They give us both guidance and protection. Life is smoother and within a peaceful contentment more often when we seek to follow His ways. Yet we cannot always follow all of His laws and the psalmist admits this as well.
The psalmist goes beyond this admission as he asks God to find his hidden faults too. The obvious sins are just that. But we sometimes sin in ways that we do not even realize and he is asking for forgiveness for these as well. Perhaps these are things like the missed opportunity we did not even see or the words that hurt another unbeknownst to us. We too need what the psalmist asks for – forgiveness from sins and protection against future sins.
The psalmist closes with a popular and well-known prayer: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Today, may this be our prayer. May the words in our mouths and in our minds be acceptable to God. May all of our thoughts and ideas honor God. And may we find rest, peace, comfort, and love in the Lord, our rock and our redeemer.
Scripture reference: Psalm 19: 7-14