December 18th, 2016
Who doesn’t like a reward, be it free tickets, free air miles, or free gasoline? My Labrador retriever, Honeybunn, expects a reward every morning when she brings in the paper. Psalm 19:11 is a win-win with great reward: Follow the rules and you get the reward. The earlier verses, 7 through 10, show the moral effect of the Torah–the Law–while verses 11 through 13 describe the personal desire for a life free from sin.*
I liken these verses to road signs that give warnings: The Stop sign, or the No U-Turn, or the dreaded Detour Ahead and Road Closed. These are more than suggestions. The sign Fines Double in a Construction Zone, is great motivation for keeping the speed limit.
The laws, statutes, precepts, commands, and decrees of the Lord are our road signs. Here are the rewards: They refresh the soul, makes us wise, give joy to the heart, and light to our eyes.
Author: Pat Kissell