Posted: August 25, 2014 in psalms
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
– Psalm 19:7-9

Hebrew poetry has a style of parallelism. Let me put it in a much simpler words. I asked a friend who is now a doctor how she manage to memorize information and she answered by saying “repetition”. Hebrew Poetry is something like that. It tends to repeat itself again and again in order for the one who is reciting (the psalms were not meant to be read silently) to be able to get the point. In the case of this psalm, We’re not going to dissect each line.

The Law of the Lord.
The Statutes of the Lord.
The Precepts of the Lord.
The Commands of the Lord.
The Fear of the Lord.
The Decrees of the Lord.

If it was an outline, a common reaction would be to choose one at a time. The emphasis of this psalm though is that we have to read God’s word because it is beneficial to us.

Refreshing the soul.
Making wise the simple.
Giving joy to the heart.
Giving light to the eyes.



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