God most fully reveals himself to man through his written Word, known as special revelation.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7)
Suddenly shifting focus, David gave attention to the glory of God revealed in his Word. He gave six descriptions of the sufficiency of God’s written Word (vv. 7-9), which goes far beyond what natural revelation does.
While the sun and the skies above reveal the existence and infinite power of God, Scripture shows the only way to know God personally. The law of the LORD is perfect, meaning whole, complete, sufficient, lacking nothing, or comprehensive, converting the soul. It is so perfect that it can convert, transform, and refresh the entire inner person.
The testimony of the LORD is sure, meaning they are neither unstable nor fallible but unwavering and immovable. Not like shifting sands, god’s commands cause a pen to stand firm while making wise the simple. The Hebrew word for simple comes from a root meaning “an open door” or one who is gullible to false teaching, failing to shut his mind to error. Only Scripture can make a person wise, or skillful in the issues of daily living.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Ps. 19:8)
Furthermore, the statutes of the LORD are right; they lay out the proper path through the intricate complexities of life, steering a person to the right course of life. God’s Word always directs God’s people in the right way, the way that pleases God. Thus, it gives joy to the heart, exciting and empowering the inner person with divine truth.
The commandment of the LORD is pure, not dark and mysterious, but clear and lucid, brightly shining, revealing the truth, enlightening the eyes. They enlighten everyone who follows them; they are a lamp and light for life’s travelers (Ps. 119:105).
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Ps. 19:9)
Moreover, the fear of the LORD is clean; it has no impurity, filthiness, defilement, or imperfections. Scripture is flawless, pure truth, without any error, enduring forever.
The Bible will never pass away (Mark 13:31), nor will it ever need amending, updating, or editing. It will remain permanently relevant and eternally true. The judgments of the LORD are true, meaning reliable, stable, and righteous altogether, presenting the perfect standard of daily living and designed to cause believers to obey God with moral lives.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Ps. 19:10)
The values of the Word cannot be computed regarding gold. But it does have this one thing in common with gold: men must dig for its treasures. Great wealth is hidden in the pages of God’s Book, and man’s best interests are served by searching for them.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Prov. 25:2)
I can indeed say that no prospector is ever more delighted with the discovery of gold than I am to find nuggets of spiritual treasure in the Bible! Much as I like honey, its taste is never as sweet to me as the taste of the good Word of God! No words can ever describe the enrichment and satisfaction I have found in my Bible.
This old book is my guide;
Tis, a friend by my side.
It will lighten and brighten my way.
And each promise I find
Soothes and gladdens my mind
As I read it and heed it each day.
Incidentally, there is a beautiful touch in the expression “sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.” The purest honey is that which drips from the comb rather than being pressed out.
Moreover, by them, Your servant is warned, and in keeping them, there is great reward. (Ps. 19:11)
By the Scriptures, the believer is taught to resist the devil, flee from temptation, hate sin and avoid the very appearance of evil. In obeying the precepts of the Word, the Christian finds true fulfillment in life. Spiritually, physically, and mentally he enjoys the good life!
On top of all this, he accumulates reward to be bestowed at the Judgment Seat of Christ. “Godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:8).
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. (Ps. 19:12-13).
A rhetorical question, “Who can understand his errors?” implies a clear answer: only the person who reads, studies, and meditates of God’s Word. Scripture is a lamp that reveals hidden faults, which must be confessed while asking God to forgive. Scripture is also a great restraint that prevents believers from participating in sin. Keep also your servant from willful sins, a preserving effect that the Word has upon the hearts of those who obey it.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer. (Ps. 19:14)
David concluded this psalm by expressing to God, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. Only the Word of God applied by the Spirit of God could make his mouth and heart so pleasing before God’s all-knowing gaze. This God, in fact, was David’s LORD, Rock, and Redeemer. Such a great God demands obedience and personal holiness from all worshipers.
God has made Himself known to man through natural revelation in the physical creation and supernatural revelation in the Scriptures.
God, our Father, you are the immortal, invisible, all-wise God. We thank you for giving us a glimpse of your great glory through the galaxies, which dripped from your finger. We are forever grateful for your voice, which though not heard audibly, is crystal clear through the written Word of Scripture and the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. Father, for eternity we will praise you for all you have done for us. For from you, and through you and to you are all things. To you alone be the glory forever. Amen.
Believer’s Bible Commentary
Holman Old Testament Commentary