Psalm 19 God’s Glory in Creation and the Law
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 talks about God’s glory being revealed through the nature and through the Word.
Both nature and the Word, reveals God’s glory and presence.
V. 1-5 describes how God’s glory is seen through the nature. Even though it has ‘no sound the glory resounds through the whole earth.’
In the Message version it says, “That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies” (v.6)
Then the Psalter talks about how the Word of God is revealed through the Law. The Law is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and firm.
And then the Psalter says, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” (V.10)
Have you experienced this stage? For many of us the Word is considered more and a burden than a honey. What if this is because we do not have to willingness to completely submit to God’s will? That is the reason why many pastors teach to pray before we read the Word. Only when our heart is ready, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to wholey submit ourselves to the Word, God reveales His Glory.
I had to ask my question after the three day spiritual retreat I had. How much time did I devote myself to the Word? During this retreat I read couple books of the Bible, in one sitting. It was such a great time. It was close to a honey to my soul. But as I was reading… I noticed that I do not devote that much time to reading and soaking myself to the Word. I read the Bible as if I am going through a checklist to start my day.
What if we open our hearts and time to see God’s Glory? What will happen to our lives?
Lord, may we be more intentional in spending time with you. May your Words be the most sweetest thing we every taste. “May these words of my mouth and this mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (V.14)