Praying the Psalms Project

Psalm 19 – Praying the Psalms Project

Here in Western Pennsylvania, we have a nick name for our region, ‘The Land of the Clouds’.  More days than not we have grey clouds.  When a bright sunny day comes along, our windows open wide and we enjoy every minute.  

Creation reveals the glory of God.  In Psalm 19 we are reminded that even in silence all of creation is proclaiming the work of God’s hands.  We are part of that work. 

Let’s not allow ourselves to become so busy that we forget to stop and glory in it.

To open our eyes and see God’s creation all around us.

To open our ears and our lives to His precepts. 

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

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Lord, Your Creation declares Your Glory.

The bright blue sky in the day and the dark, star-filled skies of the night – are silent.

Yet they are noticed by us all.  Like You, there is no place that they do not reach.

They circle the world, Your world – our world.

You have hung the Sun in the sky,

like a bridegroom watching his bride,spin before him.

Lord, I know Your law is perfect- its purpose is to refresh my soul.

I can trust your statutes, they give me wisdom.

Your precepts are right, in this world full of wrongs and they bring joy to my soul.

Your commands are radiant, they give light to my eyes and help me to see clearly.

To fear You, to reverence You is the purest thing I can do.

Your decrees stand firm, each one righteous.  

They are precious, more precious than pure gold and sweeter than honey.

Your decrees warn me, help me to discern and keep me from willful sin. 

You forgive me, even the faults that I try so hard to hide. 

Through Jesus, I  am made blameless. 

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight, 

Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer – Amen 

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