Scripture Reading: Psalm 19
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Law—precept, statute, instruction, legal directives. Meditation—reflection, prayer, devotion, object of study.
I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
Vain—ambivalent, half-hearted, double-minded, not so much the thought as the thinker. I hate people who halt between two opinions! Uncertain human thought vs. certain God thought.
Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
Pullest away—although sin seems to prosper, spiritual minded people can see it falling apart.
Wicked—the criminal, the guilty, the violators of law. Wrong, bad, guilty person.
Testimonies—witness, what God reveals witnesses to who He is?
It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
To work—to exercise your power, reinstate the authority of your word the wicked have removed. Therefore—because of how others dismiss His word, makes me cling the more to it. This is our part in restoring people to respect God’s Word.
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Pure—not mixed with falsehood, refined, shown pure by trial. There’s a good track record to those who listen to it. It’s been tested, not just good, but useful.
I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Lying—deception, fraud, deceit, all things false. Abhor—loathe, detest.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Peace—to be complete, sound—safe, healthy. Offend—nothing will trip them, cause them to stumble. Law certainly isn’t going to hurt anything!
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Keepeth—attend to carefully, guard, detain in custody, observe.
Manifest myself—make evident, make clear. Our abode—large manifestation of the divine presence and love. That’s how believers will see Him and unbelievers will not.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Teach and remembrance—cause to come to life what was in seed form in them now when He was still with them.
Peace—not land or money or power--peace with God and with own conscience. World giveth—temporary, not satisfying because not real, not dealing with God and conscience. Be afraid—only time in NT, speaking of the cowardice that comes out of fear, shrinking in the face of the enemy.