Greetings in Christ,
I am writing to y’all for the first time, so please bear with me as a figure out how to sound super spiritual. Just kidding, so anyway, I will get right to it. Recently I was reading through the Psalms and I came across a passage which really stood out to me. Now chances are if you were to open up the Psalms, shut your eyes, and choose a verse with your finger, you’d probably land on a beautiful verse which would look great on a coffee mug. This is because the Psalmist uses much beautiful language to illustrate Biblical truths and attributes of God. Psalm 19 reflects these techniques, by proclaiming the holiness of God’s Word in terms of soul, mind, heart, and strength.
Psalm 19:7-8 proclaims, “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.”
When comparing this passage to Jesus’ reflection of the greatest commandment, we see some very interesting comparisons. Mark 12 is where Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This passage in the Psalms shares a very similar theme. First, we learn the Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul. Then, the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. So not only does God’s Word minister to our souls, but it also instructs our simple minds. Next, we find out that the precepts of God make our hearts rejoice. In a world ravaged by sin and death, it is our only true hope. Lastly, we see that God’s commandments enlighten our eyes, helping to strengthen our physical bodies. We should praise God that a book written two thousand years ago can affect so much in our daily lives.
Think for a second; Throughout the whole of history, the Gospel has transformed and revolutionized everything and everyone with which it has come into contact. God’s Word replenishes the souls of wicked men and women, filling our empty, broken hearts. We should never underestimate the power of God’s Word, or forsake the blessing of having it so accessible. For an application, I fervently exhort everyone to be constant in reading the scriptures, even when you don’t feel like doing so. It will never do you wrong, and it will always do you good.
Sam Waters (16) is a junior at TPS and is on staff at TPS Chapel