Southern Baptist Convention

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 for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Ps. 19:7-9).

In the middle of today's reading we come across Psalms 19, a glorious Psalm of praise to our Lord. In it David expresses his soul deep devotion to God, to whom he credits every good thing. He opens by referencing the physical presence of God in the world, exclaiming on the wonders of creation. Soon, he moves on to praising God's interaction with His creation through His Word. David is so overcome with appreciation for the Lord's guidance that he makes 5 separate and distinct references to the Word.

The law of the Lord is perfect. It is as superior to the words of man as the heavens are above the earth. The books of the Bible are inspired by God and, as such, are flawless. Of the thousands of books in print that claim to offer you the keys to happiness and eternal life, only the Bible can deliver on its promise. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls (James 1:21). Why settle for less?

he testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The words of the Bible are God's Words - God's testimony to us. We can be educated in many ways, but the only way we will ever become wise is through prayerful study of God's Word. And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (II Tim. 3:15).

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Because they are founded on the righteousness of God, they provide unmistakable direction and correction for one's life. His Word reveals what we are, as well as what God has planned for us to be. How reassuring it is for us to be able to find our way in His clear and convincing Words. David also reminds us that it is the Commandment of the Lord - not a mere suggestion. It is the pure expression of God and His holiness - it has not been mixed with contemporary, popular opinion. His Commandments provide us with insight into a new life of freedom from the bondage of sin, self, and Satan. Through them we enjoy true freedom in the Lord and His blessings.

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. As sinners we tremble at the thought of judgment, but as Christians that have been redeemed through Christ's work on the cross, we no longer need to fear coming before the Lord. God's Word reveals that His judgments are in accordance with His holy and righteous nature and are for His glory and man's good.

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe (I Thess. 2:13).

Thought for Today:

The Word of God provides the education that our souls require.

Christ Revealed:

As the One to whom the Psalms refer when they speak of the nails that pierced His hands and feet on the cross and the parting of His clothing (Ps. 22:16,18). When they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take (Mark 15:24; also Matt. 27:35; Luke 23:34; John 19:18).

Word Studies:

18:2 horn of my salvation = my strong deliverer; 18:26 froward (first use) = crooked; froward (second use) = opposed; 18:45 close places = fortresses or strongholds; 22:5 confounded = put to shame; 22:7 shoot out the lip = ridicule, hurl insults; 22:17 tell = count.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Kevin Jennings • Government Officials: Rep. Edward Lopez Pastor (AZ), Rep. Donna Edwards (MD), Sen. Carl Levin (MI), Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA) • Country: Seychelles (91,650) a group of islands in the Indian Ocean • Major Languages: Seychellois Creole, English, French • Religious Freedom • 76.2% Roman Catholic; 10.6% Protestant; 2.4% Other Christian; 2.4% Hindu; 1.6% Muslim; 1.1.% Non-Christian; 4.8% Unspecified; 0.9% None • Prayer Suggestion: Let your prayers express gratitude to God for His wonderful works (Ps. 9:1).

Memory Verse:

James 1: 15 - 21

James 15

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 16

Do not err, my beloved brethren.

James 17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James 18

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

James 19

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

James 20

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

James 21

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries