But when they turn their backs upon him and his oracles, and will needs walk by the light of their own tinder boxes kindling a fire, and compassing themselves with sparks, Isaiah 1:11, they are sure to be bewildered, and to lie down in sorrow. Verse 7. - The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; rather, the precepts of the Lord are right. The enlightening of the eyes is referred by many to the communication of the light of Divine knowledge. And משׁיבת נפשׁ restoring, bringing back, i.e., imparting newness of life, quickening the soul (cf. Rejoicing the heart - Making the heart glad by the fact that they are equitable and just - and glad as the result of obedience. The statutes of the Lord are right] As being the issue of the most righteous will of God. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. June 12, 2020 Ed Wills Leave a comment. God’s Glory in Creation and the Law. The eternal will of God has attained a relatively perfect form and development in the Law of Jahve according to the standard set up as the law of the nation. Statutes, another word signifying the same thing with law and testimonies, are right; both in themselves, as being free from crookedness or error; and in their effect, as guiding and directing men in the right and ready way to eternal happiness: which also reflects upon that knowledge of divine things, which men have by the light of nature and works of God, or by the doctrines of the philosophers or others, that wanted or neglected the light of God’s word wherein there is a great deal of darkness, and uncertainty, and error, and danger. This is טהורה, clean, pure, as the word which is like to pure gold, by which it is taught, Psalm 12:7, cf. 1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. The idea is that of a polished mirror, reflecting light. The gospel is a precious book; every leaf drops myrrh and mercy. Sharing this reflection with others by Email, on Facebook or Twitter: See all the Resources we offer on our Online Ministries Home Page. (Calmet) --- The Jewish kings were forbidden to multiply horses, that they might not be tempted to confide in them. Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. We are made by these commandments to see what is right and proper; to understand what we should do. And farther, without Christ, there remains within us a rebelliousness of the flesh, which kindles in our hearts a hatred of God and of his law, and from this proceed the distressing bondage and awful terror of which the Apostle speaks. David therefore cried—"Order my steps in your word;" "Make me to go in the path of your commandments;" "O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!" ... linda@devotional-reflections-from-the-Bible.com ©2006-2020 Croft Enterprises. It’s too valuable.” Responsive Reading of Psalm 19. However, as the expression, "enlightens the eyes," so commonly occurs in the sense of making brisk and joyful,—pain and misery make the eyes dim, heavy, and dull, comp. 8. A psalm of David. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15 Mark 2:13-17 . I begin this reflection on an ecumenical note. The same applies to the psalms of the day related to moments of reflection … The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. Here, "it is right and clear," and therefore rejoices the heart, in that it enlightens the eyes. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. But, in the first place, we must remember what I have shown you at the commencement, that David does not speak simply of the precepts of the Moral Law, but comprehends the whole covenant by which God had adopted the descendants of Abraham to be his peculiar people; and, therefore, to the Moral Law, the rule of living well — he joins the free promises of salvation, or rather Christ himself, in whom and upon whom this adoption was founded. Instead, he says, “I want to be like the aging man in Psalm 71. “The law of the Lord is perfect” (Ps 19:8). If we, however, more attentively consider the contrast which he no doubt makes between the rectitude of the law and the crooked ways in which men entangle themselves when they follow their own understandings, we will be convinced that this commendation implies more than may at first sight appear. 1 Corinthians 15:27: For he “has put everything under his feet.” Psalm 71:9. Ver. This Advent, join the SEU Community for a special online experience. on Psalms 3,—it will be well for us also to adopt this signification here. A fine moral insight suggested this touch. Enjoy the beauty of the psalmist’s poetry and make space for wonder. Are right - Are equal, just, proper. There are times and seasons with you when you sigh and mourn over your barren, unprofitable heart and life, and earnestly long to think and speak and act to his honor and glory who has done so much for you in providence and grace. Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11. [Note: See VanGemeren, pp184-87, for explanations of the various words that describe God"s Word that appear primarily in Psalm 19, 119, but also elsewhere in other psalms.]. Psalms 19:8. 8. Psalm 19:8-10 King James Version (KJV). During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth through prayer and reflection. Compare, [Note: See VanGemeren, pp184-87, for explanations of the various words that describe God"s Word that appear primarily in, "The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart—the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. So I want you to do something. Furthermore, the things which are bad for you seem to be everywhere and are readily available, while the things which are good for you are not as easy to come across and have seem to cost you more. The fundamental idea of the word is authority of law, as a matter established, appointed. enlightening = giving light, as the sun (Genesis 1:15, Genesis 1:17, Genesis 1:18. Let this be your new lenten practice. And pray it again before your fall asleep. . The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. equitable and just. What im writing are my personal reflections from my understanding. that it enlightens the eyes, and yet, by casting a veil before our minds, excludes the light which ought to penetrate within? As I reflect on these Readings, I am concurrently … Gospel: Mark 11:27-33. He farther intimates that men, with all their acuteness, are blind, and always wander in darkness, until they turn their eyes to the light of heavenly doctrine. Reflection on Psalm 19 ... Voice A is reading the Psalm and Voice B is interpreting it. Call upon. Yea, one Psalm is called a law (Psalm 78:1); and the many branches of Moses' doctrine as the law of the sin-offering, etc. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. ", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. The statutes of the Lord — Another word signifying the same thing with law and testimonies, are right — Both in themselves, and in their effect, as guiding men in the ready way to eternal happiness. Proverbs 15:33 with Deuteronomy 17:19). In this chain of names for the Law, יראת ה is not the fear of God as an act performed, but as a precept, it is what God's revelation demands, effects, and maintains; so that it is the revealed way in which God is to be feared (Psalm 34:12) - in short, it is the religion of Jahve (cf. My apologies if you find anything offensive in my writing. Accordingly the words, "enlightening the eyes," correspond precisely to, "rejoicing the heart," and in the preceding verse, not to, "making wise the simple," but rather to, "quickening the soul.". Much better may we say the like of this law here commended; right it is, because it teacheth men the right way to life, non flexuosum quale doter care et cautio humana; right also, because it speaketh right to every man’s case and condition, de quolibet in re sua, affording a salve for every sore, a medicine for every malady; so that it may better be called, than was that famous library at Alexandria, η της φυχης ιατρεια, physic for the soul, food and physic both, and of the best sort, the best of the best. The commandments of the Lord are right, rejoice the heart; the statute of the Lard is clear, enlightens the eyes. ", "a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. Is pure - Free from all stain; from all imperfection; from any corrupt tendency. The doxa, which God has conferred upon the creature as the reflection of His own, is reflected back from it, and given back to God as it were in acknowledgment of its origin. These judgments are אמת, truth, which endures and verifies itself; because, in distinction from most others and those outside Israel, they have an unchangeable moral foundation: צדקוּ יחדּו, i.e., they are צדיקים, in accordance with right and appropriate (Deuteronomy 4:8), altogether, because no reproach of inappositeness and sanctioned injustice or wrong clings to them. The terms "testimony" ( Psalm 19:7; "statutes, NIV), "precepts," "commandment" ("commands," NIV), and "judgments" ( Psalm 19:9; "ordinances," NIV) all refer to various parts of the God"s law. Take your time with this one. The divine Law is called תּמימה, "perfect," i.e., spotless and harmless, as being absolutely well-meaning, and altogether directed towards the well-being of man. The import of the Psalmist’s language is, Those who take delight in committing sin procure for themselves abundant matter of sorrow; but the observance of the law of God, on the contrary, brings to man true joy. Morning Reflection 3/08/12 – Psalm 19. How can these things agree together: that the law restores the souls of men, while yet it is a dead and deadly letter? The statutes. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; rather, the precepts of the Lord are right. Psalm 19:8. Please note that I am in no way an expert in doctrine and the bible. Yet, we know that prayer should also be doing some listening, as well. The fundamental idea of the word is. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 243. Psalm 19:1-14, NKJV. In the late 1990’s, the Japanese studio Toei Animation released an animated series entitled Digimon. Rejoicing the heart; partly by that clear and certain knowledge of divine things which it gives, for knowledge is pleasant to the soul, Proverbs 2:10; and partly by the discoveries of God’s love and grace to sinful men, in offers and promises of mercy therein contained. At least, if you have no such desires you are no Christian, and are at the best but a poor, worldly, dead professor. Further Reading. 1 Following a traditional Advent calendar format, students, faculty, staff, and Sisters of Charity share personal reflections around the daily Scripture readings to nurture your spirituality at this busy time of year. מצות יהוה, Jahve's statute (from צוּה statuere), is the tenour of His commandments. 2 The Lord has made known his salvation, The singular put collectively for the whole code. Psalm 119:105); the whole nature of one who lives in the light of truth is illuminated. I read, one time, that a good Bible devotional has two important elements. (e) "Commissiones", Munster; "deposita", so some in Rivetus; "depositum", Gejerus, Michaelis. The commandment of the Lord, i.e. Some call upon or trust in chariots, &c. (Haydock) --- Hebrew, "remember," which often implies to confide, (Calmet) and such we call upon as we hope will be able and willing (Haydock) to protect us. The commandment of the Lord — All his commands; is pure — Without the least mixture of error. And we have a more sure light of prophecy, whereunto we must take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, 2 Peter 1:19. We humans are far from perfect. Verses 1-6 From the things that are seen every day by all the world the psalmist, in these verses, leads us to the consideration of the invisible things of God, whose being appears incontestably evident and whose glory shines transcendently bright in the visible heavens, the structure and beauty of them, and the order and influence of the heavenly bodies. Rejoicing the heart — By the discoveries of God’s love to sinful men, in offers and promises of mercy. Pure—In the sense of clear, lustrous, glittering, as in Job 33:3; Isaiah 49:2. Deuteronomy 32:5; Psalms 125:5. The believer acknowledges with heart-felt joy and gratitude that he knows the will of God from the revelation He has given, and that he is thereby delivered from the deceit of his own fancy, and of his own heart, and has obtained a sure guide through life. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament (Heb. R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just. Verse 8. We should therefore prize it much more than Caesar did his Commentaries; Maior fuit cura Caesari libellorum quam purpurae; for, swimming through the waters to escape his enemies, he carried his books in his hand above the waters, but lost his robe. 8.The statutes of Jehovah are right. Monday, November 30, ... RESPONSORIAL PSALM. Psalms 19:8. Without Christ there is in the law nothing but inexorable rigour, which adjudges all mankind to the wrath and curse of God. No doubt, the source from which true peace of conscience proceeds is faith, which freely reconciles us to God. So here: it is בּרה, clear, like the light of the sun (Sol 6:10), and its light is imparted to other objects: מאירת עינים, enlightening the eyes, which refers not merely to the enlightening of the understanding, but of one's whole condition; it makes the mind clear, and body as well as mind healthy and fresh, for the darkness of the eyes is sorrow, melancholy, and bewilderment. Ver. Pray Psalm 23 when you get up in the morning. God's precepts "rejoice the heart" of the godly. Rejoicing the heart—This is their effect on the obedient. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. And I am betting you want the same things I do. His right hand has formed salvation for him, And his arm is holy. The Law divides into פּקּוּדים, precepts or declarations concerning man's obligation; these are ישׁרים, straight or upright, as a norma normata, because they proceed from the upright, absolutely good will of God, and as a norma normans they lead along a straight way in the right track. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just. And generally it is used for any doctrine, as the law of works, the law of faith, etc. Psalms 119:105); the whole nature of one who lives in the light of truth is illuminated. The reference here is undoubtedly to the mind or soul as being enlightened by the truth of God. A Reflection on Psalm 98. There, "it is perfect and sure," and therefore quickens the soul, in that it makes wise the simple. Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer. It is certain, that if the Spirit of Christ does not quicken the law, the law is not only unprofitable, but also deadly to its disciples. The design of Paul is to show what the law can do for us, taken by itself; that is to say, what it can do for us when, without the promise of grace, it strictly and rigorously exacts from us the duty which we owe to God; but David, in praising it as he here does, speaks of the whole doctrine of the law, which includes also the gospel, and, therefore, under the law he comprehends Christ. right = righteous: i.e. Morning Reflection: Psalm 1 ... Psalm 1: 1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; 2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. Weekly ... to the writer of this reflection. Psalm 19 - For the director of music. ... < >< Today’s Video Reflection >< > To watch video Reflection on today’s Gospel click link at bottom on this email: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Psalm 19: 8 --The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. But to the saints who serve God with true affection of heart there arises unspeakable joy also, from the knowledge that they do not labor in his service in vain, or without hope of recompense, since they have God as the judge and approver of their life. Many divines and critics, and Castalio in particular, have endeavoured to attach a distinct shade of meaning to the words, law, testimony, the statutes, commandments, fear, judgments, occurring in this context. They are such as are founded in wisdom and equity; not such as are the mere result of arbitrary appointment. I want to soak myself in the words of Psalm 23 and let them soak into me. Psalm 19:8 "The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes." The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. rejoicing the heart. The testimony of Jahve is נאמנה, made firm, sure, faithful, i.e., raised above all doubt in its declarations, and verifying itself in its threatenings and promises; and hence מחכּימת פּתי, making wise simplicity, or the simple, lit., openness, the open (root פת to spread out, open, Indo-Germ. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11. Romans 3:27.--Henry Ainsworth. Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. Pray it again at noon. Don't let it pass. Leviticus 6:25. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. This is sheer mercy. But Paul, who had to deal with persons who perverted and abused the law, and separated it from the grace and the Spirit of Christ, refers to the ministry of Moses viewed merely by itself, and according to the letter. שׁובב, Psalm 23:3), to him, viz., who obeys the will of God graciously declared therein, and enters upon the divine way or rule of salvation. R. David adds, in the second place, that God’s statutes rejoice the heart. When, then, and how far do you live to God"s glory? In his word, and chiefly in the preceptive part of it. The commandment of the Lord is pure] And so differeth from human laws, which establish wickedness sometimes; as those of Lycurgus did some kind of theft, adultery, &c. Human doctrines also are mixed with many errors. They are therefore משׂמּחי לב, their educative guidance, taking one as it were by the hand, frees one from all tottering, satisfies a moral want, and preserves a joyous consciousness of being in the right way towards the right goal. Psalm 19:14(NASB) Verse Thoughts So many of the psalms of David rejoice our heart as he pours fourth a harmony of poetic praise for God’s merciful forgiveness and favour; the wonders of His mighty works and ways; the glories of His creative wisdom and His gracious acts … While the moon looketh directly upon the sun, she is bright and beautiful; but if she once turn aside, and be left to herself, she loseth all her glory, and enjoyeth but only a shadow of light, which is her own; so while men with humility and teachableness turn their faces toward Christ revealed in the gospel, and those stars in his right hand, the faithful ministers, to receive illumination and instruction; God doth graciously vouch safe unto them the glorious light of saving knowledge. all his commands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. The idea here is not so much that the thing is right in itself as that it is appointed or ordered by God; that it is what he requires. “I do not want to be a grumpy old man,” writes Piper. & Debarim Rabba, s. 8. fol. For see the connection. In the end of the verse, the Psalmist teaches that the commandment of God is pure, enlightening the eyes By this he gives us tacitly to understand that it is only in the commandments of God that we find the difference between good and evil laid down, and that it is in vain to seek it elsewhere, since whatever men devise of themselves is mere filth and refuse, corrupting the purity of the life. For statutes translate 'charges' (see note, Psalms 19:7). 1st, the Scripture used must be very short, preferably only one verse. Isaiah 60:19). Psalm 19:8. Sit with the Lord today and start a conversation about the upgrade in joy that he has for you in this season. However, God comes to us before we think of coming to Him. That the law of the Lord rejoices the heart, appears as the effect of its rectitude, just as its quickening the soul was represented as the effect of its perfectness. You long to glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are his ( 1 Corinthians 6:20). Of human laws Demosthenes saith, that they are ευρημα των Yεων, the invention of … Because they are "right" they fill the believer with "rejoicing;" for he feels that he has in them a sure guide and a "right" path, instead of being left to the wrong workings of his own heart. To the leader. Enliqhtening the eyes] Giving both light and sight, Acts 26:18, the saving knowledge of God and his will, of ourselves and of our duties; and bringing us out of darkness into his marvellous light, 1 Peter 2:9. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. If you've ever been on a diet you know that the things which are best for you have a tendency to taste the worst and the things which are bad for you have a tendency to taste the best. And although it be the doctrine of the cross, yet Lecythos habet in malis, it hath cordials of comfort, such as the world can neither give nor take away. О нем же никто судить не может. Right—Straight, even; as a path, opposed to crooked, perverse, froward. As without a revelation of the doctrine of salvation we would not know how a sinner could be saved, and thus could not glorify God by our faith; so without a revelation of the precept we would not know how to serve God, and thus could not glorify him by our obedience. Further Reflection. The idea is that they are not merely appointed, or made binding by authority, but that they are in themselves equitable and just. The law receives the name of פקודים, in so far as it delivers to man charges, which he has to execute; the name of מצוה, in so far as it prescribes to him what he has to do. Look at this point, believing child of God. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. A Psalm of David. 155. The Psalmist at first view may seem to utter a mere common-place sentiment when he calls the statutes of the Lord right. Then in the place of the word תורה we find עדוּת, - as the tables of the Ten Commandments (לחוּת העדוּת) are called, - from עוּד (העיד), which signifies not merely a corroborative, but also a warning and instructive testimony or attestation. ", Ver. Where is that revelation? Whence it follows, that none are truly wise but those who take God for their conductor and guide, following the path which he points out to them, and who are diligently seeking after the peace which he offers and presents by his word. משׁפּטי ה are the jura of the Law as a corpus juris divini, everything that is right and constitutes right according to the decision of Jahve. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 6 June 2020 6 June 2020 by Circuit Comms. Psalm 19:8 St. Andrew, whose feast we celebrate today, was a simple fisherman made wise by the Living Word of God. The highest joy of men and angels is conscious conformity to the law of God. "The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart—the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." (Haydock), statutes = precepts. This cannot be understood of the law, which is a voice of terror, pronounces guilty, curses and condemns, is the killing letter, and works wrath; but of the Gospel part of the word, which is a joyful sound; publishes good tidings of good things; and, when applied by the Spirit of God, is found to have this effect, see Jeremiah 15:16; the commandment of the Lord is pure; not only the Scriptures in general may bear this name, because they deliver out the commands of God to men, as those of a moral and ceremonial kind to the Jews under the former dispensation; so the ordinances of Christ, which are his commands under the Gospel dispensation; yea, the Gospel itself may be so called, though, strictly speaking, it has no command in it; because, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, it is made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, Romans 16:25; besides, the commandment is no other than the word or doctrine, see 1 John 2:7; and as every commandment of the Lord, of what kind soever it is, is pure and holy, so is every word of God, Proverbs 30:5; being without any mixture of men's inventions, or the dross of corrupt doctrine, sincere, unadulterated, clear of all chaff and impurity, consistent, uniform, and all of a piece, and which tends to promote purity of heart, life, and conversation; enlightening the eyes: that is, of the understanding, so as for a man to see his lost state and condition by nature; to see the glory, fulness, and grace of Christ; to behold wondrous things in the doctrine of the Gospel, and to observe the way of duty in which he should walk: this is the eyesalve in Revelation 3:18; and so the Jewish doctors (f) explaining this text call the law, using the same word as there.

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