The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
(Psalm 19:7-14 ESV)
God’s word (the Bible) brings revival, wisdom, joy, light, it endures, and satisfies. During last Fall’s NANC Conference, Pastor Mark Vroegop of College Park Church encouraged us with this Psalm, I’m thankful that he did, because as I read this Psalm this morning I remembered his words and went to my notes and was blessed.
God works through his Word to change people for his glory. He makes people new, not just improves their life – in Jesus Christ he gives us new life by faith. Our confidence must be firm in the Word of God – as counselors and pastors, but also in our daily journey as we live and grow. Even in those complicated, crazy situations that we are in so deep with we see no way out of, Pastor Vroegop reminded us “the word of God cuts thru the delusion.” Amen to that – the author of Hebrews agrees:
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12 ESV)
Let us let the word of God cut thru our delusion, and in it the Holy Spirit will do it’s work to transform our lives to make our lives reflect our great God!