by Carolyn Ehrlich
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They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb (Psalm 19:10).
How amazing are the first few verses of today’s reading? Read them again, please. Then once more, out loud! Do you want to feel refreshed, wise, full of joy? Do you want to have eyes that light up? Here we read how to have all these things – God tells us. His law is perfect! His statutes are trustworthy! His rules that guide our behaviour are right! His commands are radiant! Fear of him is pure and everlasting! His decrees are firm and righteous! They are more precious than gold, sweeter than honey. Perfection! Guaranteed!
But we are human. We cannot discern our own errors. We need God’s word, in which he reveals how to live as his servant so that we are kept from wilful sin. But what is wilful sin? Wilful sin is ongoing known sin. These are the sins we need to face up to. They might be entrenched, and we might be repeat offenders. There are some sins we need to confess again – and again and again. Each time we confess, we do indeed receive forgiveness. But we also learn to clearly recognise what we are doing to reach a point of remorse and sorrow which leads to repentance. ‘Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance’ (2 Corinthians 7:9a). God wants us to confess, be sorrowful and repent. He has given us his word so that we might be able to discern his ways. What sins do you need to face up to? What do you need to bring to God with remorse, repenting and asking for his forgiveness? Bring them to God, now, in this moment.
God’s words are precious and sweet. They warn us about our sins and hidden faults. They are there to guide us. We have read throughout the past week about the importance of listening to God’s word, Spirit-walking and being Spirit-led. Today, we read about the wisdom, joy and radiance that comes from his word. Let his word lead you today and always.
Thank you, Father, for your word. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.