This is their effect on the obedient. prat, πετ, pat, pad), i.e., easily led astray; to such an one it gives a solid basis and stability, σοφίζει αὐτὸν, 2 Timothy 3:15. Furthermore, the things which are bad for you seem to be everywhere and are readily available, while the things which are good for you are not as easy to come across and have seem to cost you more. But here a question of no small difficulty arises; for Paul seems entirely to overthrow these commendations of the law which David here recites. It is therefore of great importance to be well convinced of this truth, that a man’s life cannot be ordered aright unless it is framed according to the law of God, and that without this he can only wander in labyrinths and crooked bypaths. His right hand has formed salvation for him, And his arm is holy. No doubt, the source from which true peace of conscience proceeds is faith, which freely reconciles us to God. To the leader. God's precepts "rejoice the heart" of the godly. Compare, [Note: See VanGemeren, pp184-87, for explanations of the various words that describe God"s Word that appear primarily in, "The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart—the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Verses 1-6 From the things that are seen every day by all the world the psalmist, in these verses, leads us to the consideration of the invisible things of God, whose being appears incontestably evident and whose glory shines transcendently bright in the visible heavens, the structure and beauty of them, and the order and influence of the heavenly bodies. Whence it follows, that none are truly wise but those who take God for their conductor and guide, following the path which he points out to them, and who are diligently seeking after the peace which he offers and presents by his word. I begin this reflection on an ecumenical note. Much better may we say the like of this law here commended; right it is, because it teacheth men the right way to life, non flexuosum quale doter care et cautio humana; right also, because it speaketh right to every man’s case and condition, de quolibet in re sua, affording a salve for every sore, a medicine for every malady; so that it may better be called, than was that famous library at Alexandria, η της φυχης ιατρεια, physic for the soul, food and physic both, and of the best sort, the best of the best. However, God comes to us before we think of coming to Him. ‘Enlightening the eyes.—Not here as in Psalms 13:3 (see Note) physically, but morally (comp. Psalm 85:8 is a good reminder to us: Let me hear what God the Lord will speak. Enlightening the eyes, to wit, of the mind, with an evident and complete manifestation of God’s will and man’s duty; both which the works of nature and all the writings of men discover but darkly and imperfectly. Verse 8. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. The eyes are mentioned, as it is by them that we see where to go. ... Responsorial Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15 R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life. Accordingly the words, "enlightening the eyes," correspond precisely to, "rejoicing the heart," and in the preceding verse, not to, "making wise the simple," but rather to, "quickening the soul.". 3 They are like trees But, in the first place, we must remember what I have shown you at the commencement, that David does not speak simply of the precepts of the Moral Law, but comprehends the whole covenant by which God had adopted the descendants of Abraham to be his peculiar people; and, therefore, to the Moral Law, the rule of living well — he joins the free promises of salvation, or rather Christ himself, in whom and upon whom this adoption was founded. Listening to God, a Reflection on Psalm 85:8-13 If you're like me, you think of prayer as talking to God. Then in the place of the word תורה we find עדוּת, - as the tables of the Ten Commandments (לחוּת העדוּת) are called, - from עוּד (העיד), which signifies not merely a corroborative, but also a warning and instructive testimony or attestation. The road of duty, when plain and unmistakable, inspires a sense of gladness, even if it be difficult and dangerous. God loves us first (1 Jn 4:19), and wants to reassure us: “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). Is pure - Free from all stain; from all imperfection; from any corrupt tendency. As I reflect on these Readings, I am concurrently … Are right - Are equal, just, proper. In the late 1990’s, the Japanese studio Toei Animation released an animated series entitled Digimon. The doxa, which God has conferred upon the creature as the reflection of His own, is reflected back from it, and given back to God as it were in acknowledgment of its origin. “The law of the Lord is perfect” (Ps 19:8). It is always a source of true happiness when we can feel that we are under just and equal laws; laws in themselves right, and laws administered in righteousness and truth. These judgments are אמת, truth, which endures and verifies itself; because, in distinction from most others and those outside Israel, they have an unchangeable moral foundation: צדקוּ יחדּו, i.e., they are צדיקים, in accordance with right and appropriate (Deuteronomy 4:8), altogether, because no reproach of inappositeness and sanctioned injustice or wrong clings to them. 2 The Lord has made known his salvation, What im writing are my personal reflections from my understanding. Of human laws Demosthenes saith, that they are ευρημα των Yεων, the invention of the gods. : 19:8-10) No sign is made use of to mark the transition from the one part to the other, but it is indicated by the introduction of the divine name יהוה instead of אל. The testimony of Jahve is נאמנה, made firm, sure, faithful, i.e., raised above all doubt in its declarations, and verifying itself in its threatenings and promises; and hence מחכּימת פּתי, making wise simplicity, or the simple, lit., openness, the open (root פת to spread out, open, Indo-Germ. 8.The statutes of Jehovah are right. R. Alleluia, alleluia Gospel Mk 2:18-22 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. But Paul, who had to deal with persons who perverted and abused the law, and separated it from the grace and the Spirit of Christ, refers to the ministry of Moses viewed merely by itself, and according to the letter. The believer acknowledges with heart-felt joy and gratitude that he knows the will of God from the revelation He has given, and that he is thereby delivered from the deceit of his own fancy, and of his own heart, and has obtained a sure guide through life. 6 June 2020 6 June 2020 by Circuit Comms. Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. 1 Call upon. He farther intimates that men, with all their acuteness, are blind, and always wander in darkness, until they turn their eyes to the light of heavenly doctrine. So, also, the Septuagint, , (far-shining;) the figure is explained by enlightening the eyes. We should therefore prize it much more than Caesar did his Commentaries; Maior fuit cura Caesari libellorum quam purpurae; for, swimming through the waters to escape his enemies, he carried his books in his hand above the waters, but lost his robe. The highest joy of men and angels is conscious conformity to the law of God. In that case, "enlightening the eyes," would stand related to, "rejoicing the heart," just as in Psalms 19:7, "making wise the simple," is related to, "quickening the soul." Photo credit: Pixgood. ", Ver. However, as the expression, "enlightens the eyes," so commonly occurs in the sense of making brisk and joyful,—pain and misery make the eyes dim, heavy, and dull, comp. 1 Corinthians 15:27: For he “has put everything under his feet.” all his commands. The idea here is not so much that the thing is right in itself as that it is appointed or ordered by God; that it is what he requires. Monday, November 30, ... RESPONSORIAL PSALM. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11. That the law of the Lord rejoices the heart, appears as the effect of its rectitude, just as its quickening the soul was represented as the effect of its perfectness. enlightening = giving light, as the sun (Genesis 1:15, Genesis 1:17, Genesis 1:18. The idea is that of a polished mirror, reflecting light. Yea, one Psalm is called a law (Psalm 78:1); and the many branches of Moses' doctrine as the law of the sin-offering, etc. Another word signifying the same thing with law and testimonies. The statutes of the Lord — Another word signifying the same thing with law and testimonies, are right — Both in themselves, and in their effect, as guiding men in the ready way to eternal happiness. If you've ever been on a diet you know that the things which are best for you have a tendency to taste the worst and the things which are bad for you have a tendency to taste the best. David therefore cried—"Order my steps in your word;" "Make me to go in the path of your commandments;" "O that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!" The enlightening of the eyes is referred by many to the communication of the light of Divine knowledge. Enlightening the eyes — Of the mind, with a complete manifestation of God’s will and man’s duty; both which the works of nature and all the writings of men discover but darkly and imperfectly. Let this be your new lenten practice. There are many parallels to these truths in the spiritual realm. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. The reference here is undoubtedly to the mind or soul as being enlightened by the truth of God. The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. If we, however, more attentively consider the contrast which he no doubt makes between the rectitude of the law and the crooked ways in which men entangle themselves when they follow their own understandings, we will be convinced that this commendation implies more than may at first sight appear. The commandments of the Lord are right, rejoice the heart; the statute of the Lard is clear, enlightens the eyes. Morning Reflection 3/08/12 – Psalm 19. You long to glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are his ( 1 Corinthians 6:20). ‘Enlightening the eyes.—Not here as in Psalm 13:3 (see Note) physically, but morally (comp. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. Compare 2 Corinthians 3:18, Furthermore, it brings joy and wisdom to people because it is correct and enlightening. Psalm 19: 8 --The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. ... ©2006-2020 Croft Enterprises. on Psalms 3,—it will be well for us also to adopt this signification here. The commandment of the Lord is pure] And so differeth from human laws, which establish wickedness sometimes; as those of Lycurgus did some kind of theft, adultery, &c. Human doctrines also are mixed with many errors. And although it be the doctrine of the cross, yet Lecythos habet in malis, it hath cordials of comfort, such as the world can neither give nor take away. The Law divides into פּקּוּדים, precepts or declarations concerning man's obligation; these are ישׁרים, straight or upright, as a norma normata, because they proceed from the upright, absolutely good will of God, and as a norma normans they lead along a straight way in the right track. & Debarim Rabba, s. 8. fol. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 R. The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just. Each Psalm has its power and, in order for it to become even greater and enable its goals to be fully achieved, the chosen Psalm should be recited or sung for 3 to 21 days in a row with faith and perseverance. Psalm 19:8 St. Andrew, whose feast we celebrate today, was a simple fisherman made wise by the Living Word of God. Please note that I am in no way an expert in doctrine and the bible. Commandment—The singular put collectively for the whole code. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. We know how much every man is wedded to himself, and how difficult it is to eradicate from our minds the vain confidence of our own wisdom. That is, giving us light and knowledge. Readings for reflection: 1 st Reading: Sirach 51:12-20 *(See note below) Psalm: Psalm 19:8-11. — Psalm xcviii. right = righteous: i.e. that it enlightens the eyes, and yet, by casting a veil before our minds, excludes the light which ought to penetrate within? Romans 3:27.--Henry Ainsworth. So here: it is בּרה, clear, like the light of the sun (Sol 6:10), and its light is imparted to other objects: מאירת עינים, enlightening the eyes, which refers not merely to the enlightening of the understanding, but of one's whole condition; it makes the mind clear, and body as well as mind healthy and fresh, for the darkness of the eyes is sorrow, melancholy, and bewilderment. Rejoicing the heart] This is the proper work of the gospel; the sweet promises whereof hid in the heart, and there mingled with faith, make it to overly abound exceedingly with joy, and to conceive strong consolation; the martyrs of all ages, for instance. A Psalm of David. (Haydock), statutes = precepts. The idea is that of a polished mirror, reflecting light. Yet, we know that prayer should also be doing some listening, as well. Deuteronomy 32:5; Psalms 125:5. Leviticus 6:25. Now what were his books to God’s? - The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; rather, the precepts of the Lord are right. ... via Psalm 19:8 (NRSV) – Ver. The same applies to the psalms of the day related to moments of reflection … The commandment of the Lord - An appellation of the law of God from the idea of setting up, appointing, constituting; hence, of charging, or commanding. ", "a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Psalm 98 1 A psalm for David himself. The design of Paul is to show what the law can do for us, taken by itself; that is to say, what it can do for us when, without the promise of grace, it strictly and rigorously exacts from us the duty which we owe to God; but David, in praising it as he here does, speaks of the whole doctrine of the law, which includes also the gospel, and, therefore, under the law he comprehends Christ. equitable and just. Sharing this reflection with others by Email, on Facebook or Twitter: See all the Resources we offer on our Online Ministries Home Page. The commandment of the Lord is pure, [ baaraah (Hebrew #1249)] - either lucid (Song of Solomon 6:10), or else free from admixture of error; so it 'enlightens the eyes:' it gives spiritual light (Ephesians 1:18); or it is in the sense of 1 Samuel 14:27; Psalms 13:3 : it gives life and joy, reviving the fainting spirit. The statutes of the Lord are right] As being the issue of the most righteous will of God. There, "it is perfect and sure," and therefore quickens the soul, in that it makes wise the simple. When, then, and how far do you live to God"s glory? The fundamental idea of the word is. "Converting the soul." The fundamental idea of the word is authority of law, as a matter established, appointed. Psalm 19:1-14, NKJV. In this chain of names for the Law, יראת ה is not the fear of God as an act performed, but as a precept, it is what God's revelation demands, effects, and maintains; so that it is the revealed way in which God is to be feared (Psalm 34:12) - in short, it is the religion of Jahve (cf. Is pure; without the least mixture of error, or injustice, or deceit; which cannot be said of human laws. Sit with the Lord today and start a conversation about the upgrade in joy that he has for you in this season. And משׁיבת נפשׁ restoring, bringing back, i.e., imparting newness of life, quickening the soul (cf. מצות יהוה, Jahve's statute (from צוּה statuere), is the tenour of His commandments. But when they turn their backs upon him and his oracles, and will needs walk by the light of their own tinder boxes kindling a fire, and compassing themselves with sparks, Isaiah 1:11, they are sure to be bewildered, and to lie down in sorrow. R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life. This Advent, join the SEU Community for a special online experience. "Enlightening the eyes." Another of the many synonyms under which the Law may be spoken of (see Dr. Kay's preface to the hundred and nineteenth psalm). A fine moral insight suggested this touch. Pure—In the sense of clear, lustrous, glittering, as in Job 33:3; Isaiah 49:2. rejoicing the heart. Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 Matthew 9:1-8. 8. The law receives the name of פקודים, in so far as it delivers to man charges, which he has to execute; the name of מצוה, in so far as it prescribes to him what he has to do. For statutes translate 'charges' (see note, Psalms 19:7). Another of the many synonyms under which the Law may be spoken of (see Dr. Kay's preface to the hundred and nineteenth psalm). Psalm 19 - For the director of music. Literal: The statutes (Word of God) are perfect. Heb pikkudim. 243. Isaiah 60:19). Psalms 119:105); the whole nature of one who lives in the light of truth is illuminated. God's precepts "rejoice the heart" of the godly. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. So I want you to do something. During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth through prayer and reflection. {See Trapp on "Psalms 12:7"} {See Trapp on "Psalms 18:32"}. Enjoy the beauty of the psalmist’s poetry and make space for wonder. The statute is a lamp - it is said in Proverbs 6:23 -and the law a light. This implies that there is no other joy true and solid but that which proceeds from a good conscience; and of this we become partakers when we are certainly persuaded that our life is pleasing and acceptable to God.

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