A Fresh Look at Psalm 19


Psalm 19:1-14 (NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
3  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
4  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5  which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

I like to divide this Psalm into three parts.  The first third, above, speaks of the glory with witch God has created the Heavens.  Who hasn’t looked up at the skies and marvelled in wonder?  They stretch as far as the eye can see and cast a background for the sun, moon and stars.  The Heavens present in grandiose magnanimy, with no end or interuption.  Only God could create something so magnificent, but we marvel not only at the creation, we are in awe of the creator who forged (with His words) this awesome creation.

7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12  Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

The center of the Psalm is all about God’s law and statutes.  If we are close to the law, we are close to God.  I want to be sure, at this point, to assure my hyper-Calvinist friends that I am not advocating the snatching away of any liberties they have in that Christ set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans eight).  But I want to point out that if one loves Jesus for His sacrifice of love toward us, we want to do things (voluntarily) that please our loved one.  We won’t be perfect, but we will enjoy trying to please Jesus.  Yes, the ordinances are sweeter than honeycomb, because they bring us closer to His heart, and yes, by them are we “warned” when we are not pleasing to Christ.  But He forgives our hidden faults.

13  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 Finally, at the end of this great Psalm, we see that He helps us refrain from willful sins, as He has control of everything.  He helps us refrain so that we may be free from transgression.  He not only has power to save us, but also power to keep us.  Christ does this with His sweet presence, by helping us keep our attitude right.  We do this by turning over the words of our mouth and the attitude of our heart  to His care and keeping.  I want to be pleasing in His sight….don’t you?  And in this way, Psalm 19 is considered by some Bible scholars to be the perfect Psalm.

My prayer for you today is that you will love God’s law & statutes, because they bring us closer to our redeemer…that as we marvel at the heavens we will not forget the wonder of the Creator…and that our words and meditations truly will be acceptable to God!                     

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