8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
At the beginning of the pandemic, it took me more than two or three months to adjust to the fact that being in isolation, masking up whenever I had to leave my home, and going through containers of hand sanitizers and Lysol wipes were going to last longer than two or three months. Once I settled into this new normal, I began to ponder how I previously lived and realized I may have lost focus on what I considered needed priority and what did not require priority to have true happiness.
As devotion scriptures have in the past, this scripture seemed perfect for me. This Psalm is a reminder that material wealth should not be held in greater esteem than God’s Word. It is also a reminder that I should be more aware of the dangers that would leave me susceptible to sin. Because I am human, I will still have many faults. But I understand more now than ever that I will be totally accountable for my errors, pray for forgiveness, and I will learn from my mistakes. This Psalm is a reminder that God’s strength and love will give me peace and restore harmony in my life.
Thanks be to God, Amen.