Different cultures have multiple words for things which are important to them. For example, in most Asian countries there are various words for “rice” depending upon which strain it is and in what manner it is cooked. Rice is important to them. In America, we only have one word for “rice” no matter where it comes from or how it is prepared. However, whereas the country of Indonesia might only have one generic word for “money,” we in the West have a plethora of terms for it: coins; bills; dollars; checks; debit accounts; stock; bonds; annuities, etc. Americans have dozens of words for “money” because it is weaved into the fabric of our capitalistic way of life.
When we come to the text of Psalm 19, we encounter several words for “law:” testimony; precept; commandment; and, rules. Not only that, even the physical creation itself proclaims God’s law and his speech throughout the earth. The law is important to Hebrew culture and to the Scriptures. Indeed, we would not have the Bible as we know it without being filled with all kinds of commandments.
Therefore, a healthy way to approach God’s Holy Word is to pay careful attention to the commands because they are important. The law of God is to be as familiar to the Christian as Jesus and the Spirit. We need God’s guidance and direction in order to live rightly and please him in every way. When we look at the law with gratitude and seek to obey God through it, we will learn to avoid sin and lead a blameless life. So, to commit God’s Word to heart and to memory would be sage for every believer.
Gracious God, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.