The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament showeth His handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath He set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me:
then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
There is so much good stuff in this psalm, I don’t know where to start. And I cannot read it without thinking about my dear Mrs. Pearl Robinson. She was completely blind before she died at the age of 102. I met her through a Bible study that our church held every other Tuesday at the nursing home where she lived. I used to go to the nursing home on the alternating Tuesdays, and I’d find her sitting in the lobby. She would often ask me to read Scriptures to her, and sometimes others would join us and listen in or ask questions. One day I read Psalm 19, and she fell in love with it and asked me to help her memorize it. So from that point on, every time we were together, we rehearsed this psalm until she had learned it fairly well. Oh, how I miss that dear lady! She got to meet all of my family before her eyesight failed completely, and she would often ask about my husband and children and tell me she prayed for us daily by name. She was such a great encouragement to me! I had the pleasure of her friendship for four years before the Lord called her Home, and there will never be anyone just like her.
My reflection today has not been so much about the psalm itself as about the precious lady of whom I am reminded when I read the psalm. But that’s okay. God puts people together for a reason. He uses us to bless others, to lift each other up, to pray for one another, and to encourage one another to do right and to walk humbly with our God. We are most happy and most fulfilled when our minds and days are occupied with how we can serve God by serving others. So I will conclude this little chat with the final verse of Psalm 19:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.
Mountain Sunrise photo taken on Skyline Drive, VA, 2014
Mrs. Pearl’s photo taken in Chesapeake, VA, 2014