Thursday, January 19, 2012
150 Days of Psalms - Psalm 19
What a beautiful Psalm! It has inspired many wonderful songs. There are songs based on the first 4 verses. I learned a great chorus as a teenager that is a direct singing of vs. 6-11 in the KJV. And vs. 14 has been the text for many songs.
Last night I was out in the backyard with the poodles and I couldn't stop looking at the stars. They were so bright! I decided I need to buy a telescope so I can see more of them and maybe see the moons around Jupiter. That would be awesome. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands."
Here's a little star-watching you can do yourself without buying a telescope.
I've decided to memorize the entire chapter. I'm going to memorize it from the Holman Christian Standard Version. If you want to join me in this challenge, I suggest you learn a few verses a day and then review and add another verse or two. Notice the three sections. That may help you in your memorization.
It will take a couple of weeks or so before I have the entire Psalm memorized. Ask me how much I've learned when you see me.
Here is Psalm 19 Holman Christian Standard in case you want to memorize it with me.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat.
7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the commandment of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold- than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey- than honey dripping from the comb. 11 In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.
12 Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. 13 Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent, and cleansed from blatant rebellion. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.