Monday, September 1, 2008

In Need of Fine-tuning?

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul." Psalm 19:7a

Have you ever felt out of tune? Out of touch. Stressed out. Sleepless. Overwhelmed. Maybe a compilation of strains and pains? According to the Better Sleep Council, 65% of Americans are being deprived of sleep due to unhealthy stress levels.

But, that is life. Isn't it? All work and no rest has led to a culture of increasingly "stressed out" individuals who simply feel "out of tune." Out of shape. Out of touch. And, unfortunately, out of hope for a remedy.

In the Psalter, David takes the time to acknowledge an amazing aspect of God's law. He addresses the fact that the law of the Lord is perfect. Then he says something of great significance. He says something of supernatural meaning. He says "the law of the Lord...revives the soul." The word he uses for soul here simply alludes to one's mind or body.

If you've been experiencing the burn of the midnight oil. If you've been sleepless and stressed out. If you've been playing notes that have been out of tune for sometime, you can take heart in David's psalm to the Lord. For you see, David knew a great deal about sleepless nights. David knew a great deal about stress and anxiety. Yet, instead of continuing to toss and turn night after night, He turned to the Word of God for satisfaction and restoration. He turned to God's Word for a fine-tuning that only the Lord could give.

The law of the Lord does indeed revive the soul. It can restore our vitality for our bodies and our minds. Pretty amazing thought, isn't it? But, that is the meaning here. In our turmoil and distress, we can have peace. We can turn to the Word for our restoration. Hudson Taylor rightly encourages, "Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him."

Are you tired? Stressed. Sleepless. Exhausted. Are you in need of fine-tuning?

If so, then turn to the law of the Lord. It, as David puts it, revives the soul.