Psalm 19:8

Psalm 19:8

Psalm 19:8 “The precepts of the LORD are right,”

[You, Lord, make the lines clear: this is right, that is wrong. And praise you that you do it as much in principles as in particulars (“honor your father and mother,” which can be lived out differently in different cultures), and presenting us with the wisdom to know how to apply these principles in various situations in our lives, giving us guidance in the grey areas.]

“giving joy to the heart.”

[Knowing brings security, for it gives clear boundaries, lessening the stress of decision making. Knowing brings joy, one of the gifts you have for us, one of the pleasures you desire us to have in growing amounts.

As you said, Jesus, in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Joy is there, offered to us for the taking–we just need to take your Word seriously, reject the tendency to complain and choose to live the truth that knowing Jesus is enough for joy. Such joy does not come from circumstances (as happiness does) but from our relationship with you, which will never be altered from your side–meaning joy is always available, no matter how we may feel.]

“The commands of the LORD are radiant,”

[Your Word shines like the noon day sun, showing us the way, illuminating what is right and wrong, falling on our path so we can know what can cause us to stumble, where to step and what to avoid]

“giving light to the eyes.”

[With your Word, I can know what to do: do not lie; do not steal; do not commit adultery; be faithful; be kind; forgive; love by obeying Truth; find your delight in God; do what is best; pray all the time.

There is no question about many things. And where it is not so clear and simple, you wholeheartedly give wisdom to discern. Help us to walk in your light today, seeing and circumventing the traps that the world, the flesh and the devil have set for us. May we, living in the light of your Word, be more than conquerors with you.]