Psalm 19:8 NIV “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 is a fractal of two. Verses 1-6 are the first section and it is defined by three things: the use of the term God; the portrayal of the eloquence of nature in celebrating Him; and the focus on the unlimited power and glory of God.
The second section begins in verse 7 with a change in all three. The term used is Yahweh, the covenantal name of God. The medium of revelation is God’s Word. And the focus is on the benefit to us of knowing and embracing the will and ways of our covenant Lord.
And in the second list, where our verse is, there is a fractal of seven divided into the familiar six + one pattern. Using the NIV rendition, we have law, statutes, precepts, commands, fear of the Lord, and ordinances, with the Mercy position in the fractal being holistic: “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”
Our phrase is #4 in the list, therefore it refers to the Exhorter gift. I love the consistency of the fractals. Light is associated with the Exhorter on the fourth day of creation, with the sun, moon and stars. And the golden lampstand in the Tabernacle was also a portrayal of the Exhorter gift.
To sum it all up, God’s design is for His light to shine through the Exhorter portion of our spirit to reveal His goodness to the world around us.
That becomes the focus for this week. As I walk in obedience to His commands, His light will shine more brightly in me, so that my spirit will shine more brightly in my connections with others.
“Father, Your light is unlimited in its intensity. My light is finite, but can be grown. I ask You to significantly enlarge my spirit’s capacity to receive and reflect Your light to the world around me.”
Copyright March 2014 by Arthur Burk
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