7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who obey them.
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
A friend told me about her reading this and praying it while she is going through some rough, rough stuff right now and sharing with me how she is learning to truly trust in God during this time. So, I wanted to read it and see what God had laid on her heart to read.
This is one of those passages where every phrase is so FULL that I feel like I could read one phrase and then chew on that for a few days, then come back and try to digest the next phrase. It's encouraging without being "all warm and fuzzy".
How amazing to think of God's instructions and directions as "reviving to the soul" and "bringing joy to the heart". It's such a different way of looking at the Bible and at God's commands.
How many people walk around feeling guilty and heavy from their sin. I think a lot of people feel that without even knowing that sin is what they are feeling. I believe that God created us to be in communion with Him and sin interrupts that. It keeps us apart. So, deep deep down, we long for that communion, that relationship. Even if we don't know it! But our sin gets in the way. That's why God sent Jesus, to allow us back into relationship with Him. To pay the price for our sin so that we can have a relationship with Him. It's still not the relationship that He created us for, like Adam and Eve had at first, but we can talk with Him and hear from Him and be loved by Him. We will only have that perfect relationship with Him when we see Him in heaven.
I love what verses 12 and 13 say. I can imagine we would live differently if we felt that freedom. If we let the Holy Spirit show us those things in our lives. If we allowed ourselves to be vulnerable to God and then DID something about the sin He shows us. We could live feeling free from guilt. We could live forgiven! So many people miss that and don't live that way. I know I don't.
This passage encourages me and makes me feel loved, but without the warm fuzzies. Because this is hard work. Love is sometimes hard work. Dealing with sin is hard work. Keeping sin out of my life is hard work. Dealing with failure is hard work.
But what in life is easy that really has lasting worth? I don't think I've found anything yet!