Psalm 19:7- “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul…”
For the next several blogs I will be looking at the Word of God. Stay with me, for I believe we will learn some great things together.
The word “law” is translated “tora”. The “tora” is known to be the first 5 books of the Bible. On the site: myjewishlearning.com, one of my favorite sites for learning more of the Jewish faith, it states, “…the written Torah, also known as the chumash (the five volumes or Pentateuch, sometimes referred to as the five Books of Moses). Without assuming anything I would like to remind you that these books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The law is the comprehensive term for God’s revealed will, for our reference point, the entire Bible. So the tora of the LORD is His comprehensive revealed will to man.
The phrase “the LORD” is the translation of the Hebrew name “Yahweh”. God first reveals Himself as Yahweh to Moses at the burning bush. Moses asks God, what was He supposed to say to the people when they asked His name. He responds by saying, “I Am who I Am!” The name Yahweh literally means “the self-existing One”. There is so much I can say about Yahweh but His name is not our topic today. Suffice it to say that Yahweh is declaring His revealed will for those of us He is in covenant relationship with, thus the term “LORD” in all caps.
The “law” is perfect. Perfect in this statement is used as an adjective that describes the noun, law. So David is describing the law as perfect. The Hebrew word for perfect is “tamim”. In a commentary on the Psalm, perfect is described as meaning “His flawless wisdom, love and power are mirrored in the relative soundness of thought, motive and achievement.” What this is saying to me is, the tora is the revealed will of Yahweh and is His flawless wisdom, love, and power seen in His soundness of thought, as well as His motive and His achievements.
The last phrase to look at today, “converting the soul” is the same phrase is Psalm 23 where David states, “He restores my soul.” It conveys a couple meanings: the refreshing place in Yahweh where we are restored emotionally or spiritually, or more of a sense of repentance and conversion. One pastor describe conversion to his congregation in this manner: He told them to look at the pulpit. He said that the pulpit was made of lumber cut from a tree. The change was so spectacular that although it’s origins are known, it no longer resembles a tree nor can it even act as a tree. (Paraphrasing is involved here.) God’s word has the power to completely change an individual into a brand new creation, just as it promises. (2 Corinthians 5:17). In any case, Yahweh’s law causes us to repent (to turn away from and to change our way of thinking in regards to something), to convert (be totally changed into a new creation) and to be refreshed (to experience a sense of restoration and renewal). It is perfect! The law does so much for our soul, meaning our life, it’s not for His benefit!
So I am going to do a Rick Renner on you today! What this verse is actually saying is:
The tora, the entire word of God, God being Yahweh, the self-existing One, is His comprehensive will revealed to us, and is His flawless wisdom, love and power mirrored in the relative soundness of thought, motive and achievement, absolutely perfect, bringing repentance, change, and refreshings to our lives, our very beings, it’s all for us!
Something so wonderful, given to us by Someone so thoughtfully looking out for our well being, should not be ignored and thought so little of. Let’s make a decision today to read, cherish, and obey ALL of His word today! Wonderful Jesus!
By the way, don’t forget to email me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org. The world is waiting to hear what wondrous things He has done for you!!