I'm not sure that I have completely processed Psalm 19 at this point, but I'm starting to learn that sometimes you just have to jump in and do something even if you don't have the time to do it perfectly. This is one of those times because I couldn't wait to share an "aha" moment I had while I was reading Psalm 19 this morning. I also realize that by writing about this psalm, I am skipping posting about several. Those posts are currently in the works and I have decided they can wait because this one is on my heart today.
When I started reading this psalm today and saw that it was very familiar to me, I must admit that I wondered what I could possibly "get out" of it. I'm not saying that my fleeting thought was correct by any stretch of the imagination and thankfully, God did lead me to "get" something out of the chapter.
Starting in verse 7, there are several verses that talk about how God's Law is perfect, trustworthy, radiant, right, pure, sure, and righteous. This handful of verses also talked about the benefits that come from the Law. It revives the soul, it makes the simple wise, gives light to the eyes, and is more precious than gold. As long as I have been a Christian, I have struggled to make sense of passages like this. To me, the Law has never been reviving or joy-giving, but instead tends to be guilt-enducing. I know the Law is perfect and I am, well, not.
Just as I'm beginning down my usual path of thinking about all the ways I don't quite measure up, I read on. Verses 12 and 13 say, in part, this, "Forgive my hidden faults...Keep your servant also from willful sins...Then I will be blameless." Duh. I'm not sure if this has just never sunken in before or if it's one of God's truths that I just too easily forget. I am not expected to be blameless. I'm not completely sure why, but sometimes I forget that I become blameless because I'm forgiven, not that I'm forgiven because I am blameless. Perfection is not expected because I am incapable of it. But, my imperfection in light of the Law is the very thing that should bring me joy because it serves to remind me of the One who is perfect.
My imperfections allow me to appreciate how incredible it was that Jesus was perfect. They allow me to recognize the magnitude of what he did for me and to seek forgiveness for every fault whether hidden or willful. THEN and only then will I be blameless. THEN I can see the Law as reviving because I will be looking at it through the lens of what Jesus has done.
I also need to remember that my "failings" in other areas of my life - the things I perceive I'm not doing right as a mother, wife, friend, or whatever - those things may not be imperfections in light of the Law. In other words, those things might not hold as much value as I sometimes assign to them. Small example: in light of what Jesus has done for me, does it really matter that I currently have an entire basket of unmatched socks spread throughout my living room? (Or that I have an entire basket of unmatched socks to begin with?)
Instead, my focus should be the last verse of Psalm 19:
May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.