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The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
 the precepts 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 forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 19:7-11

I chose this passage this week from our Deuteronomy study. It was a passage we read along with chapter 4:1-10 that talks about training the next generation. In our class we read each of the Scriptures aloud that talked about GOD’s law which sometimes referred to the Law and sometimes to His Word in Scripture.

One of the ladies read this passage and choked up. In our group, our children are, for the most part, grown up. A few have issues that may mean they won’t be living away from home or without some type of supervision. But most of our discussion was on GOD’s Word and the value in it and how it is meant to teach us how to live well and happily. It is not there to “spoil our fun.”

When you think of all the laws given to the Israelites, many were there to protect them from disease. The two basic laws: love GOD with all your heart and love others as you love yourself, were designed to protect them also! As they kept these laws, they were able to live with each other peacefully and happily.

To the degree they mutually kept those laws, they could depend on those around them to tell the truth, be content (not covet), honor GOD, honor life (not murder), and respect the limits of marriage, to name a few.

So as you read this passage, think about the descriptions of GOD’s law and His Word as they are highlighted in orange.

How do you find encouragement from the fact that, for example, His perfect law revives the soul?

…and on down the list?

Take some time to think about how GOD’s Word and His law is beneficial and encouraging to His people.