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Pleasing Words & Thoughts

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Reading: Psalm 19

Verse 11: “By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”.

Psalm 19 was a song that the people sang in worship or when preparing for worship. It begins with praise for the handiwork of God that we can see in creation. This first section reminds us of both God’s might and power and the perfection of creation. Then the psalmist transitions to God’s law and precepts. Again we take in hints of completeness and perfection. The Law is perfect and trustworthy and right and radiant and sure and precious and sweet. It brings joy to the heart and light to the eyes. Creation and the Law can be seen as parallel works of God’s mighty hand. The Law section ends with this line: “By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”. How true!

The Psalm is also realistic. In verses 12 and 13, there is an acknowledgement that we are human and, therefore, will struggle with the Law. We each have our hidden faults. There will be times when they lead us into sin. By our nature we are attracted to the things of this world. The psalmist asks for both forgiveness and for God to keep him from “willful sins”. These are the ones that we consider and mull over and still fall into despite knowing they are sin. Only with God’s help can one stand against the temptations of this world.

Why do we praise God for the work of His hand in all of creation? Why do we meditate on the Word of God on a regular basis? So that we can live into the wonderful line that concludes this great Psalm. So that our words and thoughts are pleasing to our God. May they be so for you and for me.

Prayer: O Lord my God, help my eyes to see your hand at work in and around me. Make me sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit so that your Word is ever before me. Keep me closely connected to you so that my life is a fragrant offering to you, one that is pleasing in your sight. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Pleasing Words & Thoughts

  1. I BELIEVE THE GREAT REWARD IS TO SEE JESUS, HIMSELF, TO BE ABLE TO WALK WITH HIM
    TOUCH HIS HOLY HAD, AND LOOK INTO HIS FACE.
    THAT IS MY DESIRE ABOUT ANYTHING THE WORLD CAN GIVE,

    I SMILE AT THIS AS SO MAY FRIENDS TALK SO FOOLISH OF THING, WORLDLY THINGS,
    THEY JUST DONT GET IT, YET, MY EYES ARE OPEN BY JESUS , AND NOTHING
    IN OUR WORLD IS MORE THEN HIS HOLYNESS, I LOVE YOU LORD. I WORSHIP YOU LORD.
    I RESPECT AND LOVE THE HOLY SPIRIT .
    LORD YOUR WORLD LEADERS NEED YOU
    I ASK IN YOUR NAME TO CHANGE THEIR HEARTS
    TO LOVE AND HONOR , BRING THEM TO BE HONEST IN ALL THINGS AND REMOVE THE EVIL
    FROM THEIR HEARTS
    IN YOUR NAME I PRAY… AMEN

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