It makes us want to tell God that he It is interesting to consider that in the New Testament, Jesus Christ, God the Word made flesh, is referred to as both the "bridegroom" (Matthew 25:1-10 Matthew 25:1-10 [1] Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. God says that a man's heart is desperately wicked and that only He really understands it (Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?American King James Version×). Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit we have by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyond them to the Sun of righteousness. Acceptable in Your sight: “The psalm ends, not on the note of avoiding sin, but on that of offering back to God the mind’s fitting response to His own words, as a pure sacrifice (cf. [7] Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.   even the best honey that bees make. This is strictly true; but who believes it? But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. King David looked to God Himself as his kinsman-redeemer. You are my Rock and you are my Redeemer. What Psalm 19 means. You can also change some of your preferences. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. from his home like a bridegroom. Again, the sun is not a heavenly being, a “god” to be worshipped. Psalm 19 falls into three parts. 14a (Downers Grove, Illinois:  Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), Limburg, James, Westminster Bible Companion: Psalms (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000, Mays, James Luther, Interpretation: Psalms (Louisville: John Knox, 1994), McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., The New Interpreter’s Bible: The Book of Psalms, Vol. “Will you just note, that this prayer was the prayer of a saint, the prayer of a holy man of God? We call them They are sweeter than honey, The event was the regular Sunday evening meeting of the Lutheran Student Association (LSA). All that David saw told him about God. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert or turn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. We call this "worship". Psalms 19. made everything". David understood blamelessness and innocence on a human, relative level and not in an absolute sense according to the Divine measure. Rather, the God of this psalm is the Creator, distinct from creation, and the earth and the heavens — the universe — are “the work of his hands” (NIV). becomes their LORD. © 2020 Christianity.com. When I took required classes in Bible and in religion at college, the professor always began the class with prayer. 1-5). [5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race. not in the Hebrew Bible. We can trust what the LORD tells us. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. A Redeemer is someone Adam Clarke CommentaryPsalms 19. Most often I used verse 14 of this psalm as the opening prayer. What David saw spoke to him about God. Romans 1:18echoes that. We call it the Bible. v2   One day pours out Their words go to the ends of the world. vocabulary) on Psalm 19. We do not know when David wrote Psalm 19. Did David need to pray thus? This psalm begins by celebrating the universe which God has created (vv. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. The big breakthrough came with Peter’s rooftop vision where God commanded him to kill and eat various animals proscribed by the law. Did the ‘man after God’s own heart’ need to cry, ‘Keep back thy servant?’ Yes, he did.” (Spurgeon). He saw the sunrise over Moab. We have a special name for all these things that God made. It also affirms trust in God the Forgiver (v. 12) and rock-solid Redeemer (v. 14). In Psalm 19:1-6, God is referred to as El - the most generic word for God in the Hebrew language (even more generic than the commonly used Elohim). This testimony is sure, to be fully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what God saith, become wise unto salvation. ii. God made the sun. saw at night. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. LORD is a clean fear. When the great flood came “all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened” (Genesis 7:11; see also Psalm 148:4). The biblical worldview at that time imagined the earth as flat, covered by a huge, plexiglas-like dome called the “firmament.” Beneath the flat earth was water, as was obvious every time one dug a well. Then David remembered something else. The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. The book of the scriptures, which makes known to us the will of God concerning our duty. Book I: what the heavens tell (Psalm 19:1-6). [6] And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. The book of the creatures, in which we may easily read the power and godhead of the Creator . gold, The first thing to notice when interpreting and preaching the temple incident in the Gospel of John is its different location compared to the Synoptic Gospels. Nothing can hide from the heat of the sun. bridegroom ~ a man that is marrying a woman, command ~ tell (with authority) someone to do something, fear ~ here it means awe, thinking that someone is great, Redeemer ~ another name for God (it means that he made us He is very happy to run fast, like a very strong man. [8] And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. American King James Version×) and the "light of the world" (John 8:12 John 8:12Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.American King James Version×)—His followers also have this latter distinction through reflecting the "light" of His character (Matthew 5:14 Matthew 5:14You are the light of the world. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. Who can understand his errors? the story to another day. uliym) (v. 14c). This was not a proud proclamation that David knew he was innocent and blameless; it was a plea to be made so by the transforming power of God. It was a beautiful September day in Iowa and a group of students had gathered on one of the hills near the college. By most men, Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb, Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward, “A quiet conscience is a little heaven. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. God's glory in His creation and perfect law. Psalm 19 is a wisdom psalm in which David praises God's creation and instruction. ), which the WEB has updated. If somebody wrote The sun in the firmament is an emblem of the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the church, and the Light of the world, diffusing Divine light and salvation by his gospel to the nations of the earth. The psalmist prays for pardon and preservation from sin, Psalm 19:12, Psalm 19:13; and thy his Words and thoughts may be holy, Psalm 19:14. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Christians call this "awe". If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Here are several words used to designate Scripture or Torah: decrees, precepts, commandment, ordinances.