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The Wonders of God

Psalm 19 (CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

The Wonders of God and the Goodness of His Law

19 The heavens keep telling
    the wonders of God,
    and the skies declare
    what he has done.

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Each day informs
    the following day;
    each night announces
    to the next.
They don’t speak a word,
    and there is never
    the sound of a voice.
Yet their message reaches
    all the earth,
    and it travels
    around the world.

In the heavens a tent
    is set up for the sun.
It rises like a bridegroom
    and gets ready like a hero
    eager to run a race.

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It travels all the way
across the sky.
    Nothing hides from its heat.

The Law of the Lord is perfect;
    it gives us new life.
His teachings last forever,
    and they give wisdom
    to ordinary people.
The Lord’s instruction is right;
    it makes our hearts glad.
His commands shine brightly,
    and they give us light.

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Worshiping the Lord is sacred;
    he will always be worshiped.


All of his decisions
    are correct and fair.
10 They are worth more
    than the finest gold


    and are sweeter than honey
    from a honeycomb.

11 By your teachings, Lord,
    I am warned;
    by obeying them,
    I am greatly rewarded.
12 None of us know our faults.
    Forgive me when I sin
    without knowing it.


13 Don’t let me do wrong
    on purpose, Lord,
    or let sin have control
    over my life.
Then I will be innocent,
    and not guilty
    of some terrible fault.

14 Let my words and my thoughts
    be pleasing to you, Lord,
    because you are my mighty rock

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    and my protector.

Psalm 19a

Psalm 19b

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Beautiful, awesome skies, make the world seem so vast, so full of might and wonder.

Psalm 19

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

The Wonders of God and the Goodness of His Law

1The heavens keep telling

the wonders of God,

and the skies declare

what he has done.

2Each day informs

the following day;

each night announces

to the next.

3They don’t speak a word,

and there is never

the sound of a voice.

4Yet their message reaches

all the earth,

and it travels

around the world.

In the heavens a tent

is set up for the sun.

5It rises like a bridegroom

and gets ready like a hero

eager to run a race.

6It travels all the way

across the sky.

Nothing hides from its heat.

7The Law of the LORD is perfect;

it gives us new life.

His teachings last forever,

and they give wisdom

to ordinary people.

8The LORD’s instruction is right;

it makes our hearts glad.

His commands shine brightly,

and they give us light.

9Worshiping the LORD is sacred;

he will always be worshipped.

All of his decisions

are correct and fair.

10They are worth more

than the finest gold

and are sweeter than honey

from a honeycomb.

11By your teachings, Lord,

I am warned;

by obeying them,

I am greatly rewarded.

12None of us know our faults.

Forgive me when I sin

without knowing it.

13Don’t let me do wrong

on purpose, Lord,

or let sin have control

over my life.

Then I will be innocent,

and not guilty

of some terrible fault.

14Let my words and my thoughts

be pleasing to you, LORD,

because you are my mighty rock and my protector.

What a wonderful Psalm of praise to God’s might and majesty.

Just two thoughts:

The Psalm begins with the well-known phrase

The skies declare the wonders of God

There is indeed something about the sky, it lifts our eyes “to the heavens”.  But if the skies declare God’s glory, do we?  Do we reflect his majesty, his awe?  Do people look at our lives and declare the wonders of God – for that is what should happen.

Tom Wright points us to verse 13, and the question of whether God’s loving provision has penetrated every corner of our personality (p 65).  Are there flaws that need to be dealt with?

This leads us to the other much used phrase from this Psalm

May my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you

– the words prayed at the beginning of many a sermon.  Do we pray them at other times in our lives?  Aren’t our whole lives a sermon?  Not just those that are preachers, but each one of us in the way we live, speak and love?  Are my words and my thoughts pleasing to God?

Lord,

each day

may my life declare your glory,

and my words and thoughts be pleasing to you

This year, I am again following the Big Read using Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone – Mark.  I’ll reflect here – if you’re following it too, or even if you’re not, please share with me.