For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 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.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
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.
This Psalm is divided into two halves. First, from 1-6, it reminds us how the very creation around us testifies, even without a voice, to the brilliance and wisdom of it’s Creator. There is much we can learn about God just by stopping and looking around us, if we’re willing to.
But Creation can only tell us so much about the character and plans of God. From v7 onwards, the inspired psalmist David shifts focus to the primary means of learning about God – his revealed word. God did not create the world then leave us be. He desires to have relationship with us, so much that he condescended to speak in human languages, through the inspired scriptures. If you’re not convinced the bible is the word from God, I challenge you to read it and then see what you think. David certainly discovered that the scriptures were indeed from another world, and by opening his mind to God’s word he was refreshed, made wise, given joy, enlightened. He realized that God’s word stands throughout, and indeed beyond, time… and so he treasured it more than great wealth.
Most of all though, he valued God’s word because of what it warned him about himself. Aspects of his character hidden deeper than he could see unaided, and which needed to be dealt with before he could have real relationship with his Creator, which was his ultimate goal.
Is it your ultimate goal to find your Creator, and enjoy him forever? If so, look around, then find a bible and learn not only about God but about yourself as well. For more on reading the bible, click here.