In total opposition to all forms of ancient or contemporary Gnosticism, which view the creator god as a lesser and indeed a stupid and wicked being – and his “laws” as not worth hearing and following, the Bible understands that the word of God is truthful and good and worth heeding because it comes form the One who made the world and us in it, and who is both good and sovereign. This is perhaps nowhere better seen as in a most favorite Psalm of mine – Psalm 19. We sing a song that follows along a good bit of the second half – “The Law of the Lord.” Maybe we should write a song for the first half and sing them together! Although the second half of the Psalm, technically speaking, is upholding the Torah, the Old Testament law, its principles apply just as well to the words of Jesus and the apostles – those “words of eternal life” that Peter spoke about in yesterday’s passage out of John 6. I encourage you to take time out and read this Psalm over and over. Notice the reverence and submission, the praise and honor, the desire to be convicted and transformed. May that desire also be ours. Psalm 19:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
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 there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
the rules 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.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 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.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart