Psalm 19

The psalms played a very important role not in ancient Israel but also for us today.  For instance, the psalms are either read or sang in many worship services.  This year, from January till June, we studied the book of Psalms from the pulpit and in cell groups.  I have found the psalms very helpful in my personal walk with God because they refresh my soul. 

C. S. Lewis considered Psalm 19 to be “the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.[1]  It starts with praise to the Creator for all creation, describes God’s Word as being sweeter than honey and ends with a prayer that all believers should be praying each day as we welcome the new day that the Lord has given to us.  Although Psalm 19 does not begin with a call to worship as many others psalms do, it proclaims how the heavens declare the glory of God.  The biblical teaching that true wisdom lies in the “fear of the Lord” is found not only in the book of Proverbs but also in this psalm.  The writer addresses not only how creation reveals the Creator but also instructs us on the importance of the law of the Lord.

 

The Glory of God is Revealed in the Heavens (19:1-6)

The heavens reveal to us the greatness of God and the wonder of the works of His hands.  These verses explain how creation declares the glory of God.  Both day and night give us a message that there is a God who created nature in all its beauty and that He is in control.  It tells us that both day and night reveal His glory.  It is like giving all mankind a speech of knowledge that there is a Creator for day and night.

 

The Glory of God is Revealed in His Law or Torah (19:7-11)

The writer of this psalm shows us not only the glory of God revealed in creation but also in the law of the Lord.

          The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

          The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

          The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

          The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

          The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

          The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

 

·        The law of the Lord restores the soul of man and makes them wise (v.7).

·        The commandment of the Lord gives joy to the heart of man and gives enlightenment to one’s eyes (v.8).

·        The fear of the Lord makes secure because His judgments are just (v.9).

·        God’s laws are more desirable than gold and sweeter than honeycomb (v.10).

·        As the author is challenged to keep God’s law, we are also challenged to keep His law in order to gain great reward (v.11).

 

The Glory of God Stirs Reflection in One’s Life (19:12-14)

·        No fault can be hidden from God (v.12).

·        The need to ask God to keep us away sins so that we might live a blameless life (v.13).

·        As the author submits his mouth and heart to God in order that he might be acceptable unto Him, we should do likewise (v.14).




[1] C. S. Lewis, Reflection on the Psalm (New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1986), 63.

 

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