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Psalm 19:4 compares God’s Word to a measuring line. It is the standard by which we can evaluate all our life - our attitudes, our desires, our words, our actions - everything. Even nature follows God’s law. The sun, moon, and stars are appointed to keep track of times and seasons. They certainly do that adequately. This is a work of God’s law.
What happens when we try to violate God’s Word by our attitude? Two ways of doing this show up in the Psalm. Verse 12 speaks of hidden faults, things we maybe are unaware of. Verse 13 speaks of presumptuous sins, times when we decide we know best, no matter what God has said. The Psalmist responds to both scenarios the same way, by praying that the Lord would keep him from such sins. Yet when we fall into sin and error, we come before the Lord in prayer, trusting that He is able to bring us forgiveness and life.
Whether we are aware of it or not, God has measured our world and our lives. He lovingly corrects us, often by showing us his glory in the world around us, but mostly by his revealed Word which we cn read and hear preached. Christians live according to the measuring line God has given us, as long as we are able, and we ask God his forgiveness when we fail. Thanks be to God, He sent his Son to atone for sin on our behalf, to restore us to God.
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