Psalm 19


Psalm 19
1    The heavens tell of the glory of God.
        The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.
    Day after day they continue to speak;
        night after night they make him known.
    They speak without a sound or a word;
        their voice is silent in the skies;

4    yet their message has gone out to all the earth,
        and their words to all the world.
    The sun lives in the heavens
        where God placed it.
    It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom
        after his wedding.
    It rejoices like a great athlete
        eager to run the race.
    The sun rises at one end of the heavens
        and follows its course to the other end.
        Nothing can hide from its heat.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
        reviving the soul.
    The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy,
        making wise the simple.
    The commandments of the LORD are right,
        bringing joy to the heart.
    The commands of the LORD are clear,
        giving insight to life.
    Reverence for the LORD is pure,
        lasting forever.
    The laws of the LORD are true;
        each one is fair.
    They are more desirable than gold,
        even the finest gold.
    They are sweeter than honey,
        even honey dripping from the comb.
    They are a warning to those who hear them;
        there is great reward for those who obey them.
    How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
        Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
    Keep me from deliberate sins!
        Don’t let them control me.
    Then I will be free of guilt
        and innocent of great sin.
    May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
        be pleasing to you,
        O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 This Psalm was part of my daily readings for yesterday.  And the day fit the psalm.

As I have been thinking about it, I can picture David on a day as he describes in the psalm, maybe with the hot sun in the sky, sitting somewhere contemplating God in the midst of the nature all around him.  Sort of like I was doing while I was out walking yesterday.  God’s majesty is easy to see in nature some days.

Then I think David is brought back to his relationship with the Creator, his God.  The God that knows him and what he is really like, and David knows he needs to constantly seek forgiveness and he needs God’s presence to keep him from his sins – both the unwilled and the willed ones  – just like we do.

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