Psalm 19

Psalm 19 is a celebration of God’s glory revealed in creation and God’s will revealed in His Word. Just as nothing is hidden from the heat of the sun, no action or motive of the heart is hidden from the law of the Lord. David concludes this psalm with a humble prayer that his words and the mediations of his heart would be pleasing to God.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hand.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out in to all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (v. 1-4)

Creation speaks the universal language of God’s glory. The beauty and wonder of the sky is a testimony to the glory of God, no words needed. God’s glory is not hidden; it is on unending display to every person on earth through creation.

God has also revealed Himself through His written Word. Psalm 19 celebrates the law of the LORD, which declares God’s holiness and how He wants His people to live. David describes this law, God’s Word, as perfect, trustworthy, right, and radiant. He also describes the results of knowing and keeping God’s law. God’s Word revives the soul, makes the simple wise, gives joy to the heart, and gives light to the eyes so that we can walk God’s way.

The ultimate goal of the law is to teach us to fear, or worship, the LORD. Therefore, David says that the law, the Word of God, is of highest value. God’s Word is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey because it teaches us who God is and how to obey Him.

Just as nothing is hidden from the heat of the sun, none of our actions or attitudes is hidden from God. Sin can hide from us. But sin cannot hide from God. The Word of God reveals our sin to us.

When we see God’s glory in the heavens, His holiness in His Word, and our sin when we realize we have broken His laws, we see our need for forgiveness, for a Redeemer.

This psalm concludes with a humble prayer.

Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (v. 12-14)

Father, thank you for revealing yourself through the heavens and through your Word. Show me my hidden faults. I do not want to be ruled by sin. Forgive me for breaking your laws. I want to walk your blameless way. I want my words, my actions, and the attitudes of my heart to please you. You are my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

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