LOVING WORDS IN COMMUNITY
Read: Psalm 19:7-14
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,
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.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (NIV Psalm 19:7-14)
Study: The psalmist said that God’s principles revived him, made him wise, gave his eyes light and enlightened him about God’s ideals for life. This week we have read Scriptures that dig deep into what it means to be a Christian community. This psalm, which moves from principles to prayer, helps us pull it all together. The Hebrew words translated as “willful sins” in verse 13 literally mean “proudnesses” or “arrogant ones.” When we lay aside the tug of arrogance on our hearts, and live with God and our fellow believers in humility and joy, we find the key to true community.
Prayer: Lord God, today I join the psalmist in asking, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Amen.