Psalm 19

God’s perfect plan, even nature

reveals the presence, influence

& glory of God

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens tell about the glory of God.
The skies show that his hands created them.

2 Day after day they speak about it.
Night after night they make it known.

3 But they don’t speak or use words.
No sound is heard from them.

4 At the same time, their voice goes out into the whole earth.
Their words go out from one end of the world to the other.
God has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun.

5 The sun is like a groom coming out of the room where he spent his wedding night.
The sun is like a great runner who takes delight in running a race.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens.
Then it moves across to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect.
It gives us new strength.
The laws of the Lord can be trusted.
They make childish people wise.

8 The rules of the Lord are right.
They give joy to our hearts.
The commands of the Lord shine brightly.
They give light to our minds.

9 The law that brings respect for the Lord is pure.
It lasts forever.
The directions the Lord gives are true.
All of them are completely right.

10 They are more priceless than gold.
They have greater value than huge amounts of pure gold.
They are sweeter than honey
that is taken from the honeycomb.

11 I am warned by them.
When I obey them, I am greatly rewarded.

12 Can I know my mistakes?
Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep me also from the sins I want to commit.
May they not be my master.
Then I will be without blame.
I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.

14 Lord, may the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be pleasing in your eyes.
You are my Rock and my Redeemer.

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