The Law of the Lord Epithets


Okay, I am back to writing about the Word of God. As I sat in church yesterday, it was Pastor Benson’s message that God said to me “it’s time to get back to the Word.” I am following His direction. Over the next two days or so, we will be in Psalm 19. I have written that God is always speaking to us. God is speaking to us every day, every night, through the world, the universe that He has created. David begins this Psalm on how God uses nature or creation to speak to man. He then transitions to how God speaks to us through His Word in Psalm 19. This was the text that I taught my kids for Sunday School yesterday. The messages were reverberating. They were The Law of the Lord Epithets. The Word of God reveal or reflects attributes about/of God. Let’s get at it.

Psalm 19

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

There is not much commentary left for me to say. Those verses said it all. God’s Word is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and sure. What a list of attributes to say about God’s Word. The Word lists The Law of the Lord Epithets and its effect on man. How often do we reflect over the effects of God’s Word? Likewise, do we reflect over that we can trust what God says in His Word? We know little about being trustworthy other than that we long to have someone demonstrate that in our lives. I could go on with each of the attributes that are bold above, but I will list the benefits described here, but we will take a few days to examine these verses.

God is perfect; there, God’s Word is perfect. The effect of God’s perfect Word is that it revives the soul. According to dictionary.com, revive is defined as to restore to life or consciousness. Revive is translated at converting in the King James. Regardless, the Hebrew word used for either is shuwb (shüv ) which is defined as to turn back, return or to bring back, to restore. If you want to be restored God’s Word is the place for you. Matthew Henry describes it like this “It is perfectly free from all corruption, perfectly filled with all good, and perfectly fitted for the end for which it is designed; and it will make the man of God perfect, 2 Tim. 3:17. Nothing is to be added to it nor taken from it. It is of use to convert the soul, to bring us back to ourselves, to our God, to our duty; for it shows us our sinfulness and misery in our departures from God and the indispensable necessity of our return to him.”

When someone has been knocked unconscious, we seek to revive him/her. If one does not know Jesus, it will be the Word of God that revives, restores, resuscitates him/her. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.

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