objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psalm 19: The Wonder of Creation & the Law
the director of music. A psalm of David.
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
The skies reveal God
heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the
work of his hands.
after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
The Sun in particular
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
rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
The wonder of God's revealed will
law of the Lord
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
precepts of the Lord
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
fear of the Lord
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Our personal needs revealed
who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer.
Thoughts: The apostle Paul declared “
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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