Through the Bible Day by Day
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
THE WORKS AND THE WORD OF GOD
This is the “Psalm of the Two Books”-Nature and Scripture. If Psa_8:1-9 were written at night, Psa_19:1-14 was surely written by day. In Psa_19:1, God is called El, “strong;” in Psa_19:7-9; Psa_19:14, the Hebrew Jehovah is translated “Lord,” as if His glory as Creator is the stepping-stone to loftier conceptions of the Redeemer.
Nature’s silence! No speech nor language! Psa_19:3. What a picture of the sacred stillness of dawn! Yet the witness-bearing is universal. Line, Psa_19:4, is “compass” or “territory,” but some translate it “chord.” Nature’s harp is strung to the glory of God. Jesus is our Sun, Mal_4:2.
Six synonyms for Scripture, and twelve qualities ascribed to it, Psa_19:7-9. How truly might our Lord have appropriated Psa_19:10! Let us end with confession and prayer. Errors, Psa_19:12; see Lev_4:2, r.v., margin, Psa_19:13. Dominion, Psa_19:13; Rom_6:14. For the seventh time Jehovah, Psa_19:14, with two loving epithets! Can we all say my, claiming all of God?