The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2     Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

3     There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

4     Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5        which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6     It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

7     The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

8     The precepts of the Lord are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

9     The fear of the Lord is pure,

enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure

and altogether righteous.

10    They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

11    By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

12    Who can discern his errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.

13    Keep your servant also from willful sins;

may they not rule over me.

Then will I be blameless,

innocent of great transgression.

14    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight,

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Ps 19 NIV).

In Psalm 19, David portrays two great witnesses of God’s power and His redemptive nature, the heavens, and the word of God. The heavens are God’s work, they proclaim His glorious power, to all people. The truth about God is proclaimed in His own word, and in His Son Jesus Christ (Jn 1:17; 17:17; Heb 1:1-2). As we admire the heavens for the splendor they portray and for the life giving moisture that comes from them, we should admire even more truth and grace of God that come to us through His word that sets us free and saves our souls, if we let it (Jn 8:31-31; Jas 1:21).


Peace in your observing the heavens and your considering God’s word,


Jay Don

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