As the heavens are dominated by the sun, so too the splendor of God’s creation is dominated by the enlightening Law of the LORD.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
VERSE 1. The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork.
VERSE 2. Day after day they pour out speech, and night after night they display knowledge.
VERSE 3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
VERSE 4. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
VERSE 5. which is as a bridegroom coming out of his room, Like a strong man rejoicing to run his course.
a bridegroom coming out of his room. On his wedding day, a bridegroom is very excited to leave his house.
VERSE 6. His going out is from the end of the heavens, his circuit to its ends; There is nothing hidden from its heat.
VERSE 7. The LORD’s law is perfect, restoring the soul. The LORD’s covenant is sure, making wise the simple.
The LORD’s law. That is, the Bible. The Bible revives the soul, is trustworthy, makes us wise, gives us joy, makes us radiant, and sheds light upon our lives. May God bless you for reading the Bible!
making wise the simple. Trusting in the LORD gives us wisdom.
VERSE 8. The LORD’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart. The LORD’s commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.
precepts. Some translations use the word “commandments.”
rejoicing the heart. Living God’s way brings us joy.
VERSE 9. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever. The LORD’s ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.
VERSE 10. They are more to be desired than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.
more to be desired. For those who try to please God with their lives, the Law of the LORD is not a burden.
sweeter also than honey. In those days, honey was the sweetest substance known.
Psalm 19:10. More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.
Jeremiah 15:16. Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by your name, LORD, God of Armies.
Revelation 10:9. I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. He said to me, “Take it, and eat it. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”
VERSE 11. Moreover your servant is warned by them. In keeping them there is great reward.
VERSE 12. Who can discern his errors? Forgive me from hidden errors.
VERSE 13. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I will be upright. I will be blameless and innocent of great transgression.
VERSE 14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, LORD, my rock, and my redeemer.
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