Perfect, Right, and Clean

Psalm 19: 7-9.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes 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 for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

I can’t read these verses without hearing this music in my head. Learned years ago, when I was probably around 30 years old, this song has stayed with me for 45 years. And that’s the way God intended for David’s poetry to be—memorable, giving all the praise and glory to God, giving peace and restoring the soul.

Law of the Lord: the direction, instruction.

Perfect: Whole, complete, mature; needing nothing to make it better.

Converting: Turning back to God.

The Soul: that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man.

Testimony: Witness

Sure: Faithful, established, verified.

Statutes: Precepts, commandments.

Right: Straight, righteous.

Heart: Mind, understanding.

Commandments: Precepts, laws.

Pure: Clear, sincere.

Enlightened: Giving light or understanding.

Fear: This word connotes both deep respect and reverence and true fear or terror of Who God is when we are arrogant enough to ignore Him.

Clean: pure morally, ethically, and physically

Judgment: There are several meanings here, depending upon the context. In this case, I think decisions or discretion are equally appropriate.

True: Reliable, faithful.

Righteous altogether: Completely and unalterably true, right, and faithful.

Words mean things. In studying God’s word, it is helpful to have a clear understanding of the words in the context in which they are used. Some of our most frequent controversies over scriptural things arise because we are taking the meanings out of their original context, not using them as God intended, but to uphold our own opinions.

God is never ambiguous. His words, and His Word, can always be most clearly understood when we don’t try to add our own opinions to what He has said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s