Proper Perspective…

October 9, 2009


Psalm 19

 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  4 Their linea is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,  5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  6 His going forth isfrom the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

 7 The lawb of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  8 The statutes of the LORD areright, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are truec and righteous altogether.  10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycombd.  11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.  12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the greate transgression.  14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strengthf, and my redeemer.


 Just a few thoughts on the text.

Clearly, David is in awe of the wondrous power exhibited in God’s creation.  Being a man with agrarian roots in an ancient agrarian culture, he lived his life totally versed in the music of nature.  Living in our concrete jungles as we do today, we are practically cut off from experiencing some of the glory of God’s creation.  We’re reminded of these types of things when we’re able to see a marvelous display of the northern lights or when we wake early on a camping trip and feel the dew and hear the morning calls of the birds.  David sings of the general revelation of God throughout the first six verses and includes a personification of sun; essentially declaring that nothing escapes the gaze of the Lord on high.

David then starts in verse seven and sings of God’s special revelation.  God’s word is at first perfect, then sure, right, pure, true and righteous.  David is totally sustained by the law; it is food for his spirit and nurturing words for his soul.  The metaphors he uses, gold and honey, speak of value and sweetness; traits highly prized by man.  

Next, and after his verses of praise, he then proceeds to look at himself, and specifically he is aware of his own sinful nature.  His realization comes in two forms.  First, he mentions the sins that go unrealized.  Not only the times we sin without noticing, but also our sinful ways of which we are totally oblivious.  I believe the “secret faults”, mentioned in verse 12,  refer to our often invisible ways of thinking and ways of being that cause us to break the first commandment and love anything but a just and Holy God.  Second, he speaks of the sins committed in out and out rebellion; presumptuously, willingly, flagrantly doing wrong in full view of the Lord.  And just as David senses two kinds of sin within himself, he also petitions the Lord for two kinds of help; cleansing for the first and power, freedom, and grace to avoid the second.  Not that he doesn’t want forgiveness for his presumptuous sins and not that he doesn’t desire to avoid his propensity towards secret faults, but, I believe this is an illustation to describe the basic way that the Lord would have all of us deal with our sinful natures.

For me this is a dramatic Psalm because if you put it all together you sense David’s theology and priorities for living.  First the power and sovereignty of God.  Second, the supremacy of the Law (or the Word).  Thirdly, considerations of man’s depraved nature.  Next, petitions for forgiveness and deliverance.  And, finally, the seeking of truth and praising of God through prayer.

Probably a fine pattern for our lives.  Please comment….I’m sure many of you could add much more substance to these thoughts.




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