Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Psalm 19 - A Call to Meditate on the Torah

Psalm 19 is one of my favorite Psalms, as I can see it daily when I'm outside, looking up into the heavens.  "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies display the work of his hands..."  Gazing into the sky, even the unbelieving world is gripped by the awe and the majesty (of Yhwh) that they feel when looking at the sky.

In the first six verses, the Psalmist paints a poetic image of God's glory displayed and seen throughout the earth, to which the Apostle Paul alludes in Romans ch. 1:19-20.  But then the Psalmist (King David) moves to praising the beneficient attributes of Yhwh's Torah, His revealed instruction given to His people Israel via Moses.

My point in this blog is not to do a sermon or bible study per se in this blog, as time won't allow today, but rather to share an insight I think the LORD showed me about this Psalm.  Often we quote the Psalm's first verses and its last verse, but sooo out of context!

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer!" (Ps. 19:14).

Certainly, following this beautiful image of the Torah and all its benefits to the soul, David cries out to let his speech and the meditation (continual thoughts, ponderings) of his heart, be pleasing in Yhwh's sight.  This was not just a prayer for a good thought life and speech.  This was a prayer, acknowledging the command Yahweh commanded Joshua:

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [a]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will [b]have success.  Joshua 1:8 [www.biblegateway.com]

It is a prayer that one's thought life and speech be centered upon the Torah! The instruction given by Yhwh to His people, by which obedience or disobedience to can be the cause of life or death.  As the world and society moves away from the word of God, and global hatred for the Jewish people grow, is it any wonder that our sicknesses and diseases and FEAR are on the increase (Dt. 28:1-2, 15)?

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