Week 1: Psalm 19:7-11

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Psalm 19:7-11

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

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15 thoughts on “Week 1: Psalm 19:7-11”

  1. Diane Hughes says:

    Just to clarify, on the letter and bookmark Wednesday is Express and Thursday Engage…. On the download of this verse and printout Wednesday is Engage and Thursday Express. Which should it be? Thanks

    1. My Bridge Radio says:

      Great question! Thanks for asking!! We made a last minute change because we really felt it had a better flow as the week builds towards life impact to engage others and then express to God. So Wednesday is Engage and Thursday is Express.

  2. Denise says:

    I looked up each of the words–law, statute, precept, command, fear of the Lord, decrees –it became clear that God’s word is precious, sweet, and pure, while guiding our behavior. So simple, not easy.

    1. Lori says:

      Today I am thinking thru all the blessings that come with reliance on the Lord. Refreshing of my soul, providing wisdom, joy for my heart etc. Thank you Lord and help me to always know that keeping your word brings great reward.

  3. Mark Thengvall says:

    I was noticing all of the life-giving words that describe God’s law: refreshing, giving joy, giving light, enduring, precious, sweet. And, thinking of Matthew 5:17 when Jesus said he came to fulfill the law. In following Jesus, I get to experience all of the wonderful things listed here in Psalm 19.

  4. Diane Hughes says:

    Fear of the Lord- not fear as in being scared- but having a reverence for his word. It’s exciting to read his priceless words and find his will in them.

  5. Heath Kramer says:

    As I read this passage the words that jump off the page are all similar ways of saying something similar: law, statutes, precepts, commands, decrees… and they are all described with a positive description: perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, and firm.

    So…God’s Word is not only SWEET but it’s certainly worth following and living by. Our Father knows what’s best for us, and living by His Word is a SWEET way to live!

  6. Stan says:

    I was struck by the contrast between what so many feel about God’s commands even if that don’t say it and what this passage declares to be true of God’s command! It seems to be that many feel God’s commands TAKE AWAY! And yet it is SO clear here that they GIVE far more then they “TAKE!”

    It is the same lie Satan told Eve! God GAVE a garden filled, to be enjoyed and He TOOK a single tree off the table as an option. Satan got them to focus on that single tree and made it the definition of what God was about instead of His LAVISH GIVING on display all around them!!

  7. Mariana says:

    As I read through the word what comes to my mind is that we are ADVISED to keep his laws and commandments. To fear (respect) the lord our God, be humble in heart, not to be conformed by this world (Romans 12:2). Because, in keeping them he promises a great reward. Gods word is truly sweeter than honey.

  8. Holly says:

    I was thinking about the part of being more precious than gold… Pure gold!

    I am guilty of not reading and treating Gods word as that precious.

    I’m envisioning bibles being sold at the price of gold behind glass like a jewelry store. Would I then treat it as more precious to own and have accessible?

    May the fact that I have nearly instant access to it on multiple media devices as well as several copies around my house make the contents less precious!!

  9. Rachel says:

    As I have been pondering these verses, I saw how God’s Word meets our many needs!
    -refreshing the soul (for those weary or discouraged)
    -making wise the simple (gives the necessary wisdom for living to us common people!)
    -giving joy to the heart (for those who are mourning or sad)
    – giving light to the eyes (for those in darkness)
    -enduring forever (for those who need a rock, something to count on in our volatile world)
    -all of them are righteous (for those needing justice, fairness)
    -more precious than gold (for those seeking for more in this life…makes the poor rich!)
    -sweeter than honey (for those who have have experienced bitterness in this life, or those seeking pleasure in this life).

    I know that “one size fits all” is not a real thing in the clothing industry, but it is absolutely true that that the Bible is the One Word that can meet everyone’s needs!

  10. Karen Palmer says:

    The Law of God mark the way that leads to life. Life in its fullest.

  11. Cheryl says:

    I was struck by the many adjectives followed by the outcomes used to describe God’s Word.
    perfect–>refreshes
    trustworthy–>wisdom
    right–>joy
    radiant–>light
    pure–>enduring
    firm–>righteous
    precious–>more than gold
    sweet–>sweeter than honey

    The Word is the perfect solution to our weariness, our desires, our uncertainty, ever-changing circumstances and people and relationships and finances.

    Father, settle in our hearts, the worthiness of your Word.

  12. Nikole Huntley says:

    I like how it said in the last line of verse 11 that keeping all of God’s word will have a great reward, that is eternal life.

  13. Hosting Italia says:

    C. S. Lewis called Psalm 19 “the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

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