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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 19: The Wonder of Creation & the Law


For the director of music. A psalm of David.


[Preliminary Comments: The first part of Psa 8 had rejoiced in the wonder of God being revealed in His Creation; this psalm declares [for those with eyes to see, we suggest] that the skies reveal the presence of a Creator [v.1-6]. But David does not leave it there in this song but points us towards the wonderful Law of Moses and indeed every instruction that comes through the Scriptures from God [v.7-11] that [implied] also point us to God. But all these things makes him mindful of God who is holy and he recognises that we are far from perfect and so we need both God's forgiveness and His help not to sin [v.12-14] as we endeavour to speak rightly before God.]



v.1-4 The skies reveal God


v.1  The heavens declare the glory of God;
     the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
v.2  Day after day they pour forth speech;
     night after night they reveal knowledge.
v.3  They have no speech, they use no words;
     no sound is heard from them.
v.4  Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
     their words to the ends of the world.

v.4-6 The Sun in particular


In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
v.5       It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
     like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
v.6  It rises at one end of the heavens
     and makes its circuit to the other;
     nothing is deprived of its warmth.


v.7-11 The wonder of God's revealed will


v.7  The law of the Lord is perfect,
     refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
     making wise the simple.
v.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.
v.9  The fear of the Lord is pure,
     enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
     and all of them are righteous.

v.10  They are more precious than gold,
     than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
     than honey from the honeycomb.
v.11  By them your servant is warned;
     in keeping them there is great reward.

v.12-14 Our personal needs revealed


v.12  But who can discern their own errors?
     Forgive my hidden faults.
v.13  Keep your servant also from willful sins;
     may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
     innocent of great transgression.

v.14  May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
     be pleasing in your sight,
     Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer.



[Additional Thoughts: The apostle Paul declared since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen.” (Rom 1:20) which agrees with David's assessment. The apostle Peter also declared about Christ , “Through him you believe in God , who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God,” (1 Pet 1:21) so thus the Bible says we have a threefold testimony to the presence of God: His Creation, the Law of the Old Testament, and the testimony of Christ in the New Testament.]



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