Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Education: Founded on the fear of the Lord
Psalms 119: 1-11
“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalms 119: 8)The purpose of education is not merely to acquire skills and knowledge,but is an enlightening experience, preparing a person for a mature and godly life. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said that “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” Through Psalm 19, David establishes the fact that the revelation of knowledge of God which leads to the fear (reverence) of him is the foundation of that enlightening experience to equip a person towards maturity.
Revelation of God through his creation: In the first part of this Psalm (vs. 1-6) David speaks of God who reveals himself through his creation, frequently referred to as “natural revelation”. The wonders of this universe and its unchanging order, dynamically proclaims the glory, might and infinite wisdom of an intelligent designer in whom we can trust. As the Apostle Paul says in the book of Romans (ref. 1:20-21), the invisible attributes of God, such as His eternal power and Godhead are clearly seen and can be understood, through His creation. Therefore, we are called to glorify God and be thankful to Him, without any excuse to do otherwise. Although some perished in their own vain imagination and darkened hearts because of their failure to acknowledge Him, many have found their way to eternal life through this revelation.
Revelation of God through his word: David then speaks about the law of God (vs.7-9) as perfect, trustworthy, true, righteous and pure, which represents the character of God. These commands have the power to restore our soul, give joy to our hearts, enlighten us and help us to have an enduring reverence for the Creator. As the Apostle Peter says in his 2nd Epistle (1:3-4), through the Word of God and knowing Him, God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness as well as that which is necessary to become partakers of His divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in world as a result of lust.
Response to God’s revelation: True revelation always leads to action. David speaks (vs.10) of the Lord’s commands as being more desirable than fine gold and sweeter than honey. For a true believer, the Word of God has the highest priority because it is valuable and is enriching to him or her. Then listeners should become doers of the Word, and as the Psalm says (vs.11), the Word will instruct and illuminate those who live accordingly, for whom there is a great reward.
Prayer: Our dear Lord, thank you for revealing yourself to us through your creation, your Word and ultimately through your son Jesus Christ. Help us to yield to your Word and grow in the knowledge of Christ, being transformed day by day. Amen.
Abey Cherian, New City, New York