Is it strange to have a current fav psalm? Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, Psalm 19 is my current favorite psalm. I thought I’d share a few of the reasons why…first, I think the way David put it together is incredibly artistic and it shares some basic theology. But anyway…
It starts the creation and David makes it sound like it’s a real person that speaks. Creation is also the example here of God’s creation doing what it’s supposed to do…give God glory! Everyone sees it. Everyone hears it. Not only that, you can’t hide from it.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
And then…WHAT?!?!? It seems like David takes a left turn. But hang with him. He is going to talk about the law of the Lord that helps us know the way of God. The WORD is another piece of the glory of God…
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
David continues, but starts to use some creation language and bring it back to the beginning…for example, gold and honey. Not only that, just like the sun described in the first section, the law of the Lord helps us see clearly.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
And in this last section, David says that he wants to be like the creation. In the same way that the creation, brings glory to God, may our words and thoughts please God. Let our lives declare the glory of God.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.