The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalm 19 is about the perfect revelation of God. David reminds us in the first verse of this psalm of the glory of God that surrounds us each day through His creation — The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. All we need to do is look up, and look around to see our God declaring His glory, in heaven and on earth.
This revelation continues in verse 10 about the fear of the LORD. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the word fear means moral reverence for the self-existent eternal God. When we fear the LORD it makes us clean not just in time, but it endures into eternity, because of the eternal nature of our creator, whose glory is revealed in those who fear Him. Psalm 85:9 says Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.
The glory of the LORD can also be seen in His judgements that are true and altogether righteous. It is reassuring to know that the God of all creation, who will someday judge the living and the dead is just. The word judge in Hebrew is: Krinos and it means to separate, make a distinction between, to exercise judgment upon. David tells us by the Spirit that;The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
He puts great value on the revelation of the judgements of the LORD. The distinction that the LORD puts between right and wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness, godliness and ungodliness is desirable. They are to be desired more than much fine gold; there is no amount of wealth that is worth exchanging for the true and righteous judgment of the LORD— For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36-37
His judgements are also sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. If we take in the decisions that God has set before us about how we ought to live. It can be more satisfying than the sweetest taste we know on earth. Our soul is satisfied when we consume the true and righteous direction that God sets before us. Would you like to have a brighter day? David had a dear friend named Jonathan, who had an experience that reveals something that is spiritually relevant to us — Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed is the man who eats food this day.’ ” And the people were faint. But Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.
When we follow the LORD our paths drip with honey - Now all the people of the land came to a forest; and there was honey on the ground. And when the people had come into the woods, there was the honey, dripping; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. [1 Samuel 14:25-26] Although voices in the world speak in ways that alter the true and righteous judgements of the LORD. Like Jonathan, it is better that we do not hear the voice of those who trouble the people, so that we can ingest the honey in order that we can be brightened by the taste of a little honey as it drips from the honeycomb.
May your path drip with honey as you embrace the fear of the LORD and His judgments, which are sweeter than honey.