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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.


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Ps 19:1-14. After exhibiting the harmonious revelation of God's perfections made by His works and His word, the Psalmist prays for conformity to the Divine teaching.

1. the glory of God—is the sum of His perfections (Ps 24:7-10; Ro 1:20).

firmament—another word for "heavens" (Ge 1:8).

handyworkold English for "work of His hands."

2. uttereth—pours forth as a stream; a perpetual testimony.

3. Though there is no articulate speech or words, yet without these their voice is heard (compare Margin).

4. Their line—or, "instruction"—the influence exerted by their tacit display of God's perfections. Paul (Ro 10:8), quoting from the Septuagint, uses "sound," which gives the same sense.

5, 6. The sun, as the most glorious heavenly body, is specially used to illustrate the sentiment; and his vigorous, cheerful, daily, and extensive course, and his reviving heat (including light), well display the wondrous wisdom of his Maker.

7-9. The law is described by six names, epithets, and effects. It is a rule, God's testimony for the truth, His special and general prescription of duty, fear (as its cause) and judicial decision. It is distinct and certain, reliable, right, pure, holy, and true. Hence it revives those depressed by doubts, makes wise the unskilled (2Ti 3:15), rejoices the lover of truth, strengthens the desponding (Ps 13:4; 34:6), provides permanent principles of conduct, and by God's grace brings a rich reward.

12-14. The clearer our view of the law, the more manifest are our sins. Still for its full effect we need divine grace to show us our faults, acquit us, restrain us from the practice, and free us from the power, of sin. Thus only can our conduct be blameless, and our words and thoughts acceptable to God.




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