Psalm 19 ~
Reflection On God’s Works And His Word
As a kid, my mouth used to get me in trouble because I had no filter on it. I seemed to blurt out whatever was rolling around in my mind. One day when I was in eighth grade, I hurt someone with words that were not very kind. I will never forget it because I lost a friendship, even though I apologized.
I value the lesson so much because, at a young age, it taught me to speak with love and kindness to everyone, or not to speak at all. Do I slip from time to time, and say things I wish I hadn’t? Absolutely. But I have a desire to bring glory to God in my life in every way, and that includes what I say.
In the same manner, I pray that the words that come out of my mouth are acceptable to God just as David says in Psalm 19:14. And not only my mouth, but what He sees in my heart. I can’t fool God. Even if I don’t say something out loud to Him, He sees straight through to my heart.
He knows if I am thinking grumbly, snarky, or unkind thoughts. So, when negative thoughts race through my mind like a speed train, things I would never say out loud to anyone, but thoughts or opinions that get tangled up on the tracks of my heart, I ask for God’s forgiveness. I want to have the words of my mouth, and meditation of my heart, be acceptable all the time to the Lord. I’m so thankful He is always refining me!
While I focused on verse 14 in this personal reflection, I need to make a comment about the other 13 verses. David magnifies God in His Creation of the world in verses 1-6. These words are so beautifully written, perhaps something I’d like to memorize so I could speak them in the dark of the night as I gaze up at the stars. Equally beautiful are verses 7-13 where David talks about God’s Word, and all it stands for and proclaims. Which reminds me that God has given man two ways to notice Him: in nature, and in His Word. Two ways that can draw any man, woman, or child into His loving arms.
Read Psalm 19 today. It’s only 14 verses long. And enjoy this music brought to us by The Psalms Project.
Source: The Psalms Project
The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
19 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] 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[b] 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,[c]
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,
the rules[d] 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.