Verse 1 – The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Verse 2 – Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.
Verse 3 – There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Verse 4 – Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
In this psalm, David goes from creation, through God’s Word, through David’s own sinfulness, to salvation. The heavens are a magnificent display of God’s creation, power, and love. The perfect alignment and order of nature, says there is a creator. Things did not “just exist” one day. Everything that was created shows God’s great handiwork. In Romans 1:19, 20, the Apostle Paul, explains that everyone knows about God because nature proclaims it. However, it is not enough to just know there is a creator. While nature points to the existence of God, we need God’s Word to point us to salvation. In Romans 1:20, scripture says because of these things, (nature and the creation of the heavens) man will be without excuse not to believe in God.
Verse 5 – Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Verse 6 – Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The fact that nothing is hidden from the sun reinforces the idea that the message of God’s glory is as obvious as the most visible and powerful object in God’s creation.
Verse 7 – The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
Verse 8 – The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
Verse 9 – The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Verse 10 – More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Verse 11 – Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.
We sometimes think of rules and laws as restricting us from having fun. But in truth, God’s standards, written in His Word, revives us, makes us wise, protects us and teaches us how to forgive others and show mercy. God’s laws are guidelines and light to our paths we walk in life. They will also give us warnings of which way to go.
Verse 12 – Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
Verse 13 – Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and shall be innocent of great transgression.
Too many Christians are plagued by a sin-conscious. They worry that they have committed a sin unknowingly. Guilt of: not reading our Bible enough; not tithing enough; that we have done something with selfish intentions; or failed to worship whole-heartedly; or maybe neglected something we should have done. Know this, when you become a Christian, you are washed from all sin, past present and future sin. That is not a license to continue to sin. If you are truly born-again, you will not want to sin-for there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).
Verse 14 – Let the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Would you change the way you conduct yourself if you knew that every word and thought was going to be examined by another? God hears every word muttered or thought and sees every deed we do. He literally sees the intentions and motives of the heart. David asks that God approve his thoughts and words as though they were offerings brought to the altar. Let God’s love guide us in our speech.