I was reading through several passages last night concerning Scripture and this particular passage really spoke to me. It actually warmed my heart, especially David’s words, “converting the soul.” God’s word does that, doesn’t it? Whatever negative feelings we’re experiencing, when we read Scripture, we’re transformed.
Each line is speaking about Scripture: the law, testimony, statutes, commandment, and judgments. Scripture is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, and righteous. Scripture converts the soul, makes the simple-minded wise, rejoices the heart, and enlightens the eyes. Scripture endures forever.
David had such a gift for words, and his faith and adoration are an inspiration for us.
Bible Verse of the Day
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-11 NKJV
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Part of the perfection of God’s word is that it is effective; it does the work of converting the soul. There is power in the reading and hearing and studying of the word of God that goes beyond intellectual benefit; it actually changes for the better – converts – the soul.
Father, we praise You and thank You for the gift of Your word. Only a book by You would have the power to convert the soul, make the simple-minded wise, rejoice the heart, enlighten the eyes, and endure forever. Your words are timeless and living. They speak to us on Your behalf. They show us Your character and nature so that we can have an intimate relationship with You. Lord, we stand in awe of Your love and grace for us. We praise Your Holy name! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Follow-up…I was reading in Genesis last night and when I got to Genesis 26:5 (NKJV), I read:
because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
So, I believe that’s where David got his inspiration for the above verse.