How does the law refresh someone (Psalm 19:7)

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, (NIV)

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (KJV)

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As indicated even in the translations of the cited verse that are included in the question, varying renderings of it express the idea of refreshment in multiple different ways, including:

giving new life

To me, the idea being expressed is that obedience to the commands in God's Law changes (and thus refreshes) a person's spiritual status by taking that person from various multiple negative spiritual states or conditions to positive ones, including (among many other possible ways):

error to truth
God's disfavor to God's favor
sin to righteousness
spiritual death to spiritual life
opposing God to being reconciled to God
condemnation to forgiveness
weak faith to strong faith
fear to joy.

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