Psalm 19 was sung this morning after the reading of the Old Testament lesson (Exodus 20- The Ten Commandments). I have said it before, that Psalm is the perfect compliment to the Exodus reading.
The sermon today did highlight the aspects of law found in the Epistle and Gospel, but for me, Psalm 19 stands well on its own, especially verses 7-10:
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
These few verses put the concept of Torah into perspective for Gentiles like ourselves. The Law is not something to avoid, but something to embrace. From a Hebrew perspective, Torah is life giving and full of joy. As the psalmist says, it revives the soul, gives wisdom, brings joy, enlightening, and enduring. The Law is priceless and nourishes us. When we encounter the Decalogue, it points us towards life in the Reign of God.
May this be a day where we can find real joy in God’s framework for our lives.