Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Psalm 19

"THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. 
There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; 
their voice is not heard.
   Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, 
their sayings to the end of the world. 
Of the heavens has God made a tent for the sun,
    Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; 
and it rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
    Its going forth is from the end of the heavens, 
and its circuit to the ends of it; 
and nothing [yes, no one] is hidden from the heat of it.
    The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; 
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
    The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; 
the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.
    The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; 
the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
    More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; 
they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.
    Moreover, by them is Your servant warned 
(reminded, illuminated, and instructed); 
and in keeping them there is great reward.
    Who can discern his lapses and errors? 
Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults.
    Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; 
let them not have dominion over me! 
Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, 
O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer."
Psalm 19:1-14 Amp

Oh Father, how thankful I am for Your ordinances. May they stay on my lips and in my mind. For Your instruction and warnings are so needed. Keep me away from temptations. May my words in all forms be to Your glory and delight You, my Lord and Savior.

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