Last week we started looking at the topic, "how to walk with God," we now continue those thoughts. God does not ask us to do the things He asked the Patriarchs to do, nor the things that were required of those under the Law of Moses. We are told to do the things that are right or necessary for us to be saved. All three time periods mesh together (Gal. 3:16 – 29).
The "commandments of the Lord are pure." The things God has commanded man to do down through the ages have always been what were needed for man to please God. Who else could have given these commands? They "enlightened the eyes" of those to whom the commands were given. Man is able to see what he needs to do. Later the psalmist would write, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).
The "fear of the Lord is clean." Man is to have the proper reverence for God. God is not a man, He is Deity. God’s word explains to man that God is to be held in awe and worshipped by man as God commands. If man has the proper respect for God and His word he will be found "clean" for he will be obedient to God, and what God’s law is teaching now will not change.
The "judgments of the Lord are true and righteous." All of the God’s word is true and can be followed in complete confidence. Man does not have to worry about additions or subtractions coming from God. God has given to man what man needs to know, it is up to man to follow them. God’s word is more precious than the most precious gold, and should be desired more than any thing else. The sweetness of God’s word is to be desired more than all else.
After telling about the wonder of God’s law, now the psalmist speaks of how man can walk with God. It is by the word of God man is warned about sin and its consequences (James 1:14, 15). It is in God’s word that we read of the great reward awaiting those who "walk with God" (2 Tim. 4:8, Rev. 22:14). It is in God we must place our trust. Praying for His help in overcoming temptations (1 Cor. 10:13), and for His forgiveness when we are overcome (1 John 1:7 – 10).
The Psalmist finished this grand work by exclaiming, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14). Our words and the thoughts of our heart must be acceptable in God’s sight. We must trust in Him and His word, being obedient to its teaching, and we must see the Lord as our strength and redeemer.