Psalm 19 - His Truth Shines Like the Sun

Psalm 19.  What a beautiful passage of Scripture!  The heavens do indeed declare the glory of God!  As I have stated many times, I am not really an observe-the-beauty sort of a person.  I wish I were more like that, but it’s just not my thing.  I am, however, blown away by logistics, power, accomplishment, impact and truth; and this Psalm is packed full with all of it.   So, whether you are enraptured with the beauty of a star-lit night or by the multiplicity of essential effects of the sun, this passage is for you.

As it opens, it speaks of the glory that is proclaimed from the sky in both day and night.  No words are said, no speech at all, yet volumes are proclaimed to each and every inhabitant on this orb of His creation.  Every day, each night, His power to create, to control, to give and keep order; His wisdom for multi-level understanding of intertwined impact of lunar & solar powers; and even the gift to plan each day and every night by His ordered schedule … all declare His glory!  And I’m only scratching the surface.

The opening six verses, while a study and a superb devotional thought all on their own, are only an introduction to the real context of the Psalm - the Preciousness of God’s Word.  The same way that the sun provides warmth and benefit and light and health for the body to all who take it in … “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.” (v. 7)   The following verses proceed to record a variety of ways in which God’s Word is of supreme benefit to body, soul, mind, and life.  The sun brings warmth to all and gives growth to plants and trees which is good; but God’s words “are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; … sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” (v. 10)   Verse 11 adds, “in keeping them is great reward.”

God’s Word gives instruction to our ignorance and lays bare our willfulness.  As we live in relation to the Scriptures for any time at all, we find that both of these are great needs in our life.  While there is plenty that we do not know, often it is our unwillingness to follow what we do know that is the greater problem.  I believe it is D. L. Moody who is credited with saying, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”  His Word does a work in our lives when we come to it regularly and when we come to it with a ready and humble attitude.  As we see His glory in the sky by day and night, may we be reminded of our need (and the great benefit) of His Word to shine into our lives, welcoming it’s impact.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (v. 14)

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