Text: Psalm 19
Focus verse: “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” (Verse 10)
What are “they”? “They” are what was previously mentioned: the law, the testimony, the precepts, the commandments, and the rules of the Lord, more to be desired than gold. In keeping them there is great reward. “They” are of the Lord.
But errors, faults, sins, and transgressions are of the world. As Christians, we are called to seek the law of the Lord and, in Christ, we will revive the soul of the world. We are called to speak the testimony of the Lord and make wise the simple secularists. We are called to hear the precepts of the Lord and follow His commands so that our eyes would be enlightened, lest we sleep the sleep of death. We are called to fear the Lord and keep His decrees and thereby sanctify ourselves and the world. We are called to live in Christ, and he who is in Christ will be blameless and innocent of great transgression. As Christians, we are called to seek the things above, where Christ is—we are called to seek Christ. Seeking Christ and walking in His way is our religion.
Yet ours is not a gnostic religion, it is an incarnate religion because we have the Incarnate God. Therefore our religion takes an incarnate, not gnostic, form. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to adopt children and care for mothers, to take our own mothers and fathers into our homes, to build Christian hospitals, orphanages, and schools, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we confess that we have not always kept Your commandments perfectly, that we do not always love our neighbor or You rightly. We give thanks that You have visited us in Your body, keeping the law perfectly for our sake. Help us to love our neighbor as You have loved us. In Jesus name, Amen.
(Ian Kinney, Sem II)
Text: Psalm 19