Sir Walter Scott was a prominent novelist and poet whose writings were well known, respected, and read throughout the world. As he approached death, he called for his son-in-law and said, “Bring me the Book!”
Knowing that he had a massive library, he was completely puzzled by the request and had no idea what the title of “the Book” might be. Realizing that there were more than 20,000 volumes in Scott’s library, he asked, “What book?”
“Need you ask?” replied the literary genius. “There is only one Book, the Bible!” Sir Walter Scott, the author of many books and owner of thousands of books, spoke wisely. He knew personally the Author of the Book of books, the message it contained, and its importance.
In this psalm the writer declares convincingly that “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.” Perfect because it contains God’s message of love, forgiveness, and redemption and in it, we find everything that is necessary for our salvation.
The author also wants us to know that it can be trusted – that its contents are reliable and dependable. So, he adds that “the decrees – or teachings – of the Lord can be trusted...to revive the soul.” Only God’s Word can bring joy to our hearts, guidance for our journey, light for our path, wisdom for our decisions, and eternal life through Christ.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, we stand in awe before You, rejoicing in Your Word and the hope we have in You. Thanks for allowing us to know You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7