Psalm 19 (March 17, 2011)

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  [2] Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  [3] There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.  [4] Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,  [5] which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, 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 there is nothing hidden from its heat.  [7] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;  [8] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;  [9] the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules 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] Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.  [13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not 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 in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19 ESV)

How the Creation Speaks of God’s Glory

Verses 4b-5: God is glorious and God is good. The images of a bridegroom and a strong man are very important here. A wedding in Palestine was very different than a wedding in modern Western culture. In the Ancient Near East, the focus was not on the bride, but on the groom. Everyone in the wedding party would wait for the groom to emerge the day of the wedding and he would come out flanked by his groomsmen and he would go to the house of the bride and get her and take her to the wedding. Put that picture in your mind of a groom, decked out in amazing and expensive clothes bursting through the doors of his home to go get his bride on the most exciting day of his life! Think also about the image of a strong man, an athlete who, while in a race is so powerful and so fast that he runs past everyone else to snap the tape at the finish line. The exhilaration of the race combined with the physical prowess of winning is overwhelming. These are the pictures we should hold in our minds when the sun rises in the morning. Our hearts should be filled with the joy of our glorious and good God.

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