Seeker: Today we are looking at Psalm 19 – a psalm written, in part, to celebrate God’s guidance and precepts that have been given to us. We call this guidance and precepts “God’s laws” but they are not laws as we are used to living under, but guidance and wisdom that sets us free.
Preacher: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (1-4a)
Seeker: Let us pause and consider the wonder of this world we speak of, God’s creation. Creation was created and runs along the laws of nature that God first set down, and as nature has changed, so have the laws that govern nature. The psalmist had named but one feature of nature – solar star that shines from the heavens; we call this the sun. Just as God rules over all of creation and humanity, the sun is always above us, around us, and affecting out lives.
Preacher: “In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.” (4b-6)
Seeker: Creation may not be perfect, and we may not be perfect. But the Lord is perfect, and therefore the Law of the Lord is also. The Lord’s laws are ever before us, and our need for them is great.
Preacher: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Verses 7-11)
Seeker: We do not see ourselves as the Lord sees us. And we cannot always see where we have not adhered to the guidance and wisdom that is from God.
Preacher: “But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.” (Verses 12-13)
Seeker: We ask our Lord and God to watch over us, to guide us, and to correct as according to the Holy and Divine laws. We depend on God solely to do these things, and our Lord will not fail us. Selah!
Preacher“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Verse 14)