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Our Common Prayerbook 19 – 3

posted by Scot McKnight

Bible.jpgPsalm 19:10-11 give us reasons to immerse ourselves in the Torah of God:

10 They are of greater value than gold,

than even a great amount of pure gold;

they bring greater delight than honey,

than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there;

those who obey them receive a rich reward.

As always, we are reading through John Goldingay’s commentary (Psalms 1). As he points out, the psalmist uses a word for “sweetness” in v. 10 that was also used in Eden for the fruit God provided and for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Adam and Eve chose the sweetness of forbidden fruit over the sweetness of God’s plan. The psalmist is undoing that kind of sinful sweetness.


That sweetness is discovered only by those who find “moral guidance” and who “obey” (v. 11).

Psa. 19:0   To the leader. A Psalm of David. 
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge. 
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard; 
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
 In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.
  
Psa. 19:7   The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the LORD are sure,
making wise the simple; 
8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eyes; 
9 the fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether. 
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
  
Psa. 19:11   Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. 
12 But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults. 
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
  
Psa. 19:14   Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
   


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