2nd Reflection in Lent

Ps 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple; the precepts 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 forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

As we enter the third week of Lent, there is great value in taking in a bit of divine wisdom to continue our path towards sanctification and offering ourselves as a living sacrifice unto the Lord.

In these five quick lines of Psalm 19, we are given extraordinary insight as to his people’s correct posture before our holy God and his inerrant word. I can hear in my mind the haunting tune Moravia used to accompany its metrical version in the 1650 Scottish Psalter. Listen to it yourselves at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY6HcPNThp0

David tells us how the Law of God is indeed perfect in making unambiguous our sinful state, thus we become painfully aware of our complete need of his grace. God, if anything, is wonderfully clear on such matters. Anyone being honest about their lack of faithfulness to even the first of the ten commandments can’t deny this fact. His word converts us from the folly of trusting in our own righteousness, and instead, holding to the precious gift of his sinless Son. We are revived from death unto life in our new understanding graciously granted by the Holy Spirit. This “testimony” of God is without question, sure: have faith in Christ and live, or deny Him and perish. As David implies, a believer may not be a rocket scientist but can turn out to be exceptionally enlightened compared to the greatest intellectual who scoffs at the gospel.

Folks typically don’t go around using the term “precept” anymore. A precept is nothing more than a command to action, usually a moral imperative. God’s precepts are “right” because they are altogether in agreement with His truth, justice, and holy will. God says what he means and means what he says. Following these precepts ourselves cannot result in anything less than our abundant joy because they will not fail to fulfill what’s promised in them. How many things in the world can make that claim? The Lord’s commandments given to us are pure, and we can accurately see unerringly between right and wrong because of their truth!

And if there is an area the contemporary church is woefully weak in, it would be our fear of God. Yet in this very fear (awed reverence), our desire to please him results in moral cleanliness that is enduring in the heavens! We are graciously given His rules which protect and bless us, being they are reflective of His righteous character. Righteousness, as we know, will prevail! The value of all of this is greater than any treasure and more delicious than a bee’s golden nectar.

Take a little time to meditate on the Lord’s goodness and generosity. Savor and praise Him for his glorious word. Consider how His written word is intentionally designed to lead us to His living Word – Jesus Christ. Our great reward is to know Christ in his fullness and experience his abiding presence in our sanctification. May the Lord grant us exactly that in our Lenten journey.

In His love,

John