Our scripture today is Psalm 19:7-14.

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. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 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. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Today’s psalm reminds us of the blessings of God’s law. We don’t often think of rules and regulations as something to be celebrated but we have the gift of His word to guide and protect us. Because God loves us so much, He wants us to be safe and follow the path He has planned for us.

Human laws can sometimes have hidden agendas, made by people who only wish to control others and maintain their position of power. The Pharisees of Jesus’ earthly time were an example of this. Not so with the Law of the Lord, which is solely for our good.

Think on the gift God has given us through His word and why it is always to our benefit to obey. Only through repentance and obedience can we be connected to God as He intends. May we learn to be the people of God and share His love always.

Heavenly Father, like unruly children we often choose our own way rather than Yours. Forgive us we pray, and let us be returned to Your image. Help us to be good stewards of all Your gifts and follow where You lead. Amen.

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