Psalm 19:7-11 - Scripture's Special Revelation of God.

Psa. 19:7-11; Scripture's Special Revelation of God.

Psalm 19:7-11 (KJV)  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting 
the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 
The statutes 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 for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and 
righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than 
much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover 
by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is 
great reward.  

Psa 19:7-11 (CWR)  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting 
the soul. The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to 
the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, and those who follow 
them are happy. The commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening 
the mind. Respect for the Lord is good; it will continue forever. 
The judgments of the Lord are fair and altogether righteous. His 
laws are more precious than gold, more valuable than fine gold. They 
are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from the honeycomb. By 
them I am warned, and when I follow them, I am richly rewarded. 


God's Works and Word
God's Glory in Creation and the Law
The Witness of Creation and Scripture


Romans 7:12 (KJV)  Wherefore the law is holy, and the 
commandment holy, and just, and good. 

Psalm 18:30 (KJV)  As for God, his way is perfect: the word of 
the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.  

Psalm 119:152 (KJV)  Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of 
old that thou hast founded them for ever.  

Deut. 6:6-9 (KJV)  And these words, which I command thee this 
day, shall be in thine heart: [7] And thou shalt teach them 
diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in 
thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest 
down, and when thou risest up. [8] And thou shalt bind them for a sign 
upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 
[9] And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on 
thy gates.  

Joshua 1:8 (KJV)  This book of the law shall not depart out of 
thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou 
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then 
thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good 

Col. 3:16 (KJV)  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in 
all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns 
and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

Proverbs 1:23 (KJV)  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour 
out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.  

Romans 12:2 (KJV)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that 
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

Romans 10:17 (KJV)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing 
by the word of God.  

2 Tim. 3:15-17 (KJV)  And that from a child thou hast known the 
holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation 
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by 
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for 
correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be 
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  

Psalm 119:105 (KJV)  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a 
light unto my path.  

Psalm 119:11 (KJV)  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I 
might not sin against thee.  

John 17:17 (KJV)  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is 

2 Peter 1:4 (KJV)  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and 
precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine 
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

2 Cor. 3:18 (KJV)  But we all, with open face beholding as in a 
glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from 
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.  

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people 
perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  

James 1:25 (KJV)  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of 
liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a 
doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  


God declares His glory in creation and in His Word (Ps. 19). 
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Here are two books of divine Revelation:
1. The visible HEAVENS, and the works of creation in general.
2. The BIBLE, or divinely inspired writings contained in the Old 
and New Testaments. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

God has revealed Himself in His creation (19:1-6), but has 
enriched us most through His revelation in the Scriptures (vv. 7-11).  
Revelation is primarily the giving and receiving of information 
from God. Psalm 19 celebrates two forms of revelation: natural, in 
which information about God is made known through His Creation; and 
special, in which information from God is made known directly to human 
beings. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

David turns from his contemplation of nature, revealing in its 
grandeur, permanence, and purpose the glory of God, to the contemplation 
of the even clearer revelation of God in the law. Beautiful as the 
manifestations of God's glory in the heavens may be; magnificent as the 
splendor of the sun, moon, and stars may appear; still more beautiful, 
more magnificent, is the picture of a character directed by God's 
law. [SDA Commentary] 

God's glory is more perfectly displayed in God's Word, which 
reveals His character and provides moral guidance. [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

The great themes of creation (19:1-6), the law (19:7-11), and 
the fear of God (19:9) are linked together here as the motivation 
for man's verbal and heartfelt devotion to God (19:14). Without 
words or voices, the beauty and wonder of creation shouts, "God, the 
Creator, exists!" In 19:7-9 David provided a sixfold description of the 
law, God's special revelation. The various synonyms emphasize 
different aspects of God's word. The "law," in Hebrew, "Torah," is God's 
instruction to his people; the "statutes" are a witness to God's truth; the 
"precepts" are divine directions for man to follow; the "commands" are 
God's orders or imperatives; the "fear of the Lord" is the reverence 
that God's word fosters; and the "ordinances" are God's decisions. 
[New Bible Companion] 

The Word of God is characterized as being: (1) perfect, i.e., 
complete and without fault; (2) sure, i.e., not variable; (3) right, 
i.e., straight; (4) pure, i.e., without alloy; (5) clean, i.e., 
without impurities; and (6) true, i.e., utterly dependable. The law of 
the Lord produces two dramatic effects in men. First, the law 
"converts" or "restores" the soul. Second, the testimony of the Lord 
imparts wisdom. [Believer's SB] 

This passage presents six words for the law of God--law, 
testimony, statutes, commandment, fear, and judgments; six evaluations of 
the law--perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true; and six 
results--converting the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, 
enlightening the eyes, enduring forever, and righteous altogether. The value 
of the Scripture cannot be compared with any other desirable 
thing--even gold. It provides the key to wisdom, joy, and most importantly, 
eternal life. [Nelson SB] 

Six titles for God's special verbal revelation are given: "law 
of the LORD" (Heb. Yahweh), "testimony of the LORD," "statutes of 
the LORD," "commandment of the LORD," "fear of the LORD," and 
"judgments of the LORD." These six titles are given six different 
qualities: "perfect," "sure," "right," "pure," "clean," and "true." These 
six qualities have six different effects on man: "converting the 
soul," "making wise the simple," "rejoicing the heart," "enlightening 
the eyes," "enduring for ever," and "righteous altogether." 
[Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

The KJV translation almost perfectly conveys to the English 
reader the beauty and order of the original Hebrew structure. 
The following table shows the inclusiveness of thought in vs. 
Name for the law	Its nature	Its effects
law	                perfect	        converting
testimony	        sure	        making wise
statutes	        right	        rejoicing
commandment	        pure	        enlightening
fear	                clean	        [enduring]
judgments	        true	        [righteous]
[SDA Commentary]

The first four Commandments are related to one's relationship 
with God. The next six Commandments have to do with human 
relationships. It is important to note that right relationships with others 
follow being rightly related to God. Being rightly related to God 
compels one towards right relationships to one's neighbors. [Holman's 
Bible Dictionary] 

"This do, and you will not come under the dominion and control 
of Satan." There is not a negative in that law, although it may 
appear thus. It is DO, and Live (Letter 89, 1898). 1BC1104-5 

God has given us His holy precepts, because He loves mankind. To 
shield us from the results of transgression..... The law is an expression 
of the thought of God; when received in Christ, it becomes our 
thought. It lifts us above the power of natural desires and tendencies, 
above temptations that lead to sin. God desires us to be happy, and He 
gave us the precepts of the law that in obeying them we might have 
joy.... When the law was proclaimed from Sinai, God made known to men 
the holiness of His character, that by contrast they might see the 
sinfulness of their own. The law was given to convict them of sin, and 
reveal their need of a Saviour. It would do this as its principles were 
applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit. DA307-9   

By His own obedience to the law, Christ testified to its 
immutable character and proved that through His grace it could be 
perfectly obeyed by every son and daughter of Adam.... Because the law of 
the Lord is perfect, and therefore changeless, it is impossible for 
sinful men, in themselves, to meet the standard of its requirement. 
This was why Jesus came as our Redeemer. It was His mission, by 
making men partakers of the divine nature, to bring them into harmony 
with the principles of the law of heaven. MB49-51   

When we think of the law, we often think of something that keeps 
us from having fun. But here we see the opposite--law that revives 
us, makes us wise, gives joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes, 
warns us, and rewards us. That's because God's laws are guidelines and 
lights for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They 
point at danger and warn us, then point at success and guide us. [Life 
Application SB] 

Every law which God has given has been for our benefit. If a 
person breaks it, he is not only rebelling against God, he is hurting 
himself. God gave "the law" because he loves man. It is for man's 
benefit. God's commandments were given to protect and promote man's 
happiness, not to restrict it. God wants the best for man. To ask God to 
revise his commandments would be to ask him to stop loving man.... In 
our universe, we live under God's law. In the physical realm, the 
planets move in split-second precision. There is no guesswork in the 
galaxies. We see in nature that everything is part of a plan which is 
harmonious, orderly, and obedient. Could a God who made the physical 
universe be any less exacting in the higher spiritual and moral order? 
God loves us with an infinite love, but he cannot and will not 
approve of disorder. Consequently, he has laid down spiritual laws 
which, if obeyed, bring harmony and fulfillment, but, if disobeyed, 
bring discord and disorder. (From How to Be Born Again by Billy 
Graham) [Inspirational SB] 

You Can Count On It!
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the 
testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7. 
This is one of my favorite texts. We don't usually think of the 
law of the Lord as anything but the Ten Commandments, and they are 
indeed one expression of the complete law of God. But His law is as big 
as the universe. Everything you see, everything you hear, 
everything you feel, and even everything you think about is controlled in 
some way by the perfect law of God. I believe that the same laws that 
govern our lives govern the stars in their courses; the Bible tells us 
so in other verses of Psalm 19. 
Think about the perfect law of God for a minute. Do you have any 
doubt that the sun will come up tomorrow? The day may be cloudy, but 
the sun will rise and there will be daylight. You can count on it! 
Is there any question whatsoever in your mind that if you throw 
a ball up in the air it is going to come back down instead of 
heading off into space on its own? The law of gravity is absolute. You 
can count on it! 
If you put a pan of water on a stove at sea level and heat it to 
212 degrees, is there any doubt in your mind that the water will 
boil? There is no question about it! 
If a mother duck lays a nest full of eggs and those eggs hatch, 
can you imagine their being anything other than ducklings? Ducks 
produce ducks. You can count on it! 
Does an oak tree have acorns? Do most roses smell good? Is the 
sky blue? Does a rabbit hop? Is pure water clear? Is lead heavy? 
Does a bird have feathers? Is the world round? Do you need oxygen to 
live? Can a fish swim? Is ice cold? You can count on it! 
Does sin bring pain, disappointment, and death? Yes, that's the 
law. There is no question about it. Did Jesus overcome sin and give 
us life if we follow Him? You can count on it! [Glimpses Of God's 
Love by J & P Tucker]