The Word of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commandment of the LORD is clear and radiant, giving light to the eyes; the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is Your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgressions. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:7-14)
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Do you have a go to, fix-all in life? I instantly think of the crazy grandpa in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and his obsession with spraying Windex® on literally EVERYTHING. If you haven't seen it...it's a good one.
But for some people...their fix-all may be healthy foods, dozens of lotions, or apple-cider vinager (look it up - it can do anything).
For me...it is water. And those who know me well know that I am crazy about it.
Literally, I swear by water. In my mind, it does close to everything: It hydrates, cures sun burns, keeps me from losing my voice at camps I lead, gives me energy, helps me get over headaches, stomachaches, muscle aches, other sicknesses, and so much more. [And you can't convince me otherwise.]
Often, my wife makes fun of me and my obsession with it...not to mention it's obvious, bathroom-using side effects. But for me, it works.
In a very physical way, I rely on water. But when I read today's Psalm, I am reminded of Jesus' claim and commitment to being our OVERALL and COMPLETE fix-all.
To His disciples, He exclaims, "Come to Me all who are thirst..." (John 7:37) and "Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest...My yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30)
I look at this Psalm and see such a similar heartbeat.
The word of the Lord revives us like a glass of cool, clear water. It is trustworthy, without burden. It is right, giving joy to our hearts. His words are radiant, enlightening our eyes from cloudiness and weariness. His way is true and righteous.
Many times, we try to get "right" with Jesus without ever realizing that "coming to" Him means engaging in His word. His words are what satisfy us; renew us; strengthen us. But instead, we get caught up with trying to do it on our own.
We seek scripture for advice - for things that we think should "work" the second we try them - instead of seeking scripture to find Him; our Lord.
So with that said, I have a challenge for you. Where you are now - in this moment - I challenge you to come to Jesus:
- If you are in time of stress, come to Him for revival.
- If you are in need of wisdom, come to Him for instruction.
- If you are sorrowful, anger, bitter, or resentful - maybe you feel like life is not fair or right - come to Him, for His word is right and He brings us our much needed joy.
- If you are clouded and numb, come to Him for light; for freedom; for sight.
- If you are carrying around hidden sins, come to Him for forgiveness.
- And if you need to break the rule of bad habits and willful sins, come to Him for strength, boldness, and self-control.
On this day, be honest with God about what you need a come to Him for the answers.
And through approaching Him, my prayer over you today - over myself - is that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts would be pleasing to Him; our LORD, our Rock, and our Redeemer.
Have a great day. Feel free to comment, share, and join us tomorrow!
Greg, Declare Glory