A Meditation of Psalm 19

Psalm 19 describes God revealing Himself, leading to a natural conclusion. Psalm 19 contains oft-quoted verses. These include “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.” (vs 1) and “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. (vs 14) Interestingly, these are the first and final verses of this Psalm.

Notice the natural structure to Psalm 19. Without over-spiritualizing at all, you can easily tell a sequence the psalmist has placed here. From vs 1 to vs 4, it is the heavens which are said to declare, proclaim, pouring, communicate, and sending a world-wide message. From vs 5, it is now the sun which, as an extension of the work of the heavens, is a witness in the sky directly from God (the psalmist is careful to say it is God, or Him in the HSCB, who in control of the sun). It gets better.  Beginning with vs 8, the psalmist provides an outline which connects on a profound level. Notice…

Beginning with vs 8, the psalmist provides an outline which connects
on a profound level. Notice…

The precepts of the Lord

The commands of the Lord

The fear of the Lord

The ordinances of the Lord

In vs 10, these qualities of God are worth more than gold (financial provision) and honey from the honeycomb (physical provision). God is worth it all, more than all!!

In vs 11, the psalmist takes these things to heart. The qualities of God cause him to plead for purity.

These verses encourage me to desire purity before God, how could I desire anything else?  The psalmist begins with general revelation, proceeds to specific revelation, and then to the ultimate goal for this psalm….a cleansed heart and purity, not just in words, but in the meditation of heart.

The psalmist started with God revealing Himself in what everyone could see. He ended with God moving where no one could see.

What is God calling us to embrace as a result of Psalm 19? For us to take what a visible attributes of God and see them for the powerful works they are. However, we must take it much further. If He is so powerful in the heavens, He is much more powerful to us, in our hearts and lives. The setting sun should remind me of His faithfulness. His Word should make us crave His purity in our words and mediations.


Published by Reuben Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor

Husband & dad. Advocate for Mental Health and the Church. MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University. https://member.psychologytoday.com/verified-seal.js

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