What the Good Book Is Good for – The Joy of Understanding
In Psalm 19, David looks at God’s greatness through two different lenses. He first does so through God’s creation.
Then he turns to God’s Word. When you’re doing the things that God created you to do and told you to do in His Word, he writes, your life will begin to overflow with a joy you never imagined possible.
Interact with God’s Word
- In verses 7-9, what names are given to Scripture? What different aspects do they highlight?
- What words (after “is” or “are”) are used to describe God’s Word?
- What six results or consequences follow for the person who takes God’s Word to heart?
- Taken together, what do these statements tell you about the potential impact of God’s Word in your life?
- What does verse 10 tell you about the Bible’s ability to satisfy your deepest needs?
- What negative benefit of exposure to God’s Word does verse 11 add?
- What positive benefit is promised to those who apply God’s Word to their lives?
- What form do you think that “great reward” takes?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to grant you the joy of rightly understanding His Word and consistently conforming your behavior to it.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight to life. 9 Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to those who hear them; there is great reward for those who obey them.