The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.-Psalm 19:7-8
What is David trying to say in these few words in the middle of this Psalm? Is David arguing that it is through blindly attempting to try and follow God’s law that we will get closer to him? Or is David making the radical argument for his time that God’s laws are the guard rails for our lives? We know that we can’t keep every part of God’s law, because we aren’t perfect. Then how does God’s law refresh our soul, make us wise, give joy to our hearts, and give light to our eyes. The answer is simple: we must use God’s laws as guard rails for our lives. Guard rails on the highway prevent you from crashing either into oncoming traffic or over a cliff. They are designed as a safety measure. God’s laws serve the same purpose. Yes, God’s laws are prefect and you can never completely follow all of them, because you are not perfect. However, that is not their purpose in your life. God gave us his laws so that we could have a safety measure to keep as from crashing and burning our lives and to guide us back onto the right path. This is why David wrote that God’s laws refresh your soul, make you wise, give joy to your heart, and give light to your eyes. Use God’s laws to guide and direct your life and you will find that like David you too say God’s laws refresh you soul, give joy to your heart, make you wise, and give light to your eyes.