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a slow journey through lent: day 21

I struggled with this one a little today. I didn't really want to suggest meditating on these verses in Psalm 19, but I figured if there was some resistance in doing so, I definitely should plough ahead. So here are the verses for today. Psalm 19:7-10.

Listen to the cadence of the writing. The cause and beautiful effect.

Sometimes I hesitate on words like "law", "statutes", "commands", "fear". They remind me of the God that rules with an iron fist - the God of my childhood who just waits for me to mess up. But as I've discovered along the way, all of these are encircled by the God who is Love (1Jn4). So, if this is similar to your journey, how can you see the words: law, statutes, precepts, commands, fear of the Lord, and decrees, in a way that is surrounded by Love itself?

And even if that is not your journey, how do you feel or experience this cadence, this rhythm of refreshing the soul, wisdom, joy, light in your eyes, these beautiful effects of abiding in the freedom of God's Love?

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

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melanie myatt
melanie myatt
09 mrt. 2021

I have the same struggle when I read about God‘s law. But I also know how much kids appreciate firm boundaries, so I try to take comfort in knowing God gives us boundaries to keep us safe. Thank you for your encouragement to overcome my resistance!

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