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December 30, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Revelation 17-19
Audio: Revelation 17-19

Psalm 19 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
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,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
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.

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,
    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
    be acceptable in your sight,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

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  1. The law of the Lord is perfect. reviving the soul. The rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.(Psalm 19:7; 9b)

    The Laws and Rules of the Lord

    Today's psalm is one of my favorites. It starts by declaring the glory of God and ends with David's commitment to be blameless and acceptable to God. 

    In the middle of today's chapter, there are two verses which I quoted above (Psalm 19:7 and 9b) regarding the "law" and "rules" of the Lord.

    If you were asked, "Do you like to be told what to do?", few would say "Yes!". I don't know anyone who likes to be told what to do or be "bossed around" by someone. 

    But what about being told about a business opportunity that is guaranteed to make you five figures per month? You might think to yourself, "That sounds too good to be true", but what if it was true? Would you mind being told who to call?

    What about being told by a doctor you have a serious medical issue that will require surgery. If you don't get the surgery, it will result in death but with the surgery, you will be cured. Would you mind being told what to do to stay alive?

    When people think of the Bible, many think it's a book of don'ts. While it's true there are commands to not do things, Scripture also invites us to the things we CAN do – including how to avoid God's wrath and find peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (among many other wonderful things). 

    I often say the laws and rules found in Scripture ensure our freedom from sinful things which will dominate, enslave and destroy us and will ultimately separate us from God and condemn us to hell. 

    When we consider God's laws and rules, we shouldn't mind being told what to do (and what not to do) – since it's actually a provision of God's grace, mercy and love to know these things! 

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