More of God’s Gifts

More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned. In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Forgive me from hidden errors.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I will be upright. I will be blameless and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
Yahweh, my rock, and my redeemer.                Psalm 19:10-14 (WEB)
Yesterday I studied the first 9 verses of this psalm and learned more about how much God loves and cares about me. He desires so much for me to be in a close relationship with Him that He teaches me through His many faceted ways. I spent some time yesterday looking at clouds and then the stars last night and thought some more about God’s magnificence.
The psalmist tells me that God’s commands, ordinances, precepts, laws, and statues are better than gold! That in their wisdom I am warned; I am guided in Jesus’ path that leads to more than I could ask or imagine! I do not start out to drive somewhere I have never been without first reading the directions, do I? Then spending time studying and learning God’s way seems like wisdom to me!
Then the psalmist asks a pointed, right-on-the-point question: Who knows his/her own errors? I thought it was interesting that the question did not use the word ‘sins’ but said ‘errors’. It occurs to me that to be able to know my errors is to have an opportunity for correction that will come before sin! God’s ways will help me to avoid the sin that can so easily tangle me up! (Hebrews 12) And when my ‘error’ comes because I ignored the warnings or just plain take a wrong turn – I am reminded that God’s mercy, His forgiveness, is there. It has no limitation. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, there is no ‘error’; there is no ‘sin’ that God will not forgive. Am I unworthy of such love? Well, duh. Again, it is the gift of Jesus, my Savior, that tilts the scales.
The last verse is familiar. It is one that I have repeated on many occasions. I will be saying it more often. I have a new perspective on what the words means to me.
“Lord, may Your words that I think about and speak be pleasing to You because I speak and think of them often. In the midst of whatever storm or rocky path that I navigate, You and You alone, are my Rock and my Redeemer. Thank You, Lord, for these gifts. It is in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
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