Psalms Chapter 19

Psalms Chapter 19 #Words #Accepted #Meditation #Praise #Trust 

(Unless otherwise stated all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible.)

Throughout the Psalms, David illustrated The Lord God Almighty as the author of both His created universe and all that lives in it as well as the Creator of His Holy Word. In Psalms 19 David combined both concepts into one song hymn. God has revealed Himself to mankind through these two avenues. David understood the construct of the Glory of God and the revelations of God as He reveals Himself to man – man ascribed attributes to Him.  Lawson explains it beautifully.


What is God’s glory? A distinction must be made between his intrinsic glory and his ascribed glory.

  1. God’s intrinsic glory: God’s intrinsic glory is the sum total of all his divine attributes— his holiness, sovereignty, righteousness, grace, truth, goodness, mercy, justice, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and more. All these divine perfections constitute his intrinsic glory, and it is this that God desires to display in all his creation and works. [God’s intrinsic glory is revealed through revelation. [In Psalm 19 general revelation is expressed in verses 1-6  and special revelation is noted in verses 7-14 (Cayce 2017).]
  2. God’s ascribed glory:  Then, as God unveils this glory to man, man is to give him glory, which is ascribed glory, or the glory due his name [as revealed through His Holy Word]. This is man’s chief purpose in life. He is to live to make God’s glory known in the world and to ascribe glory to him (Lawson 2004, 111).
  3. Lawson also explains Psalm 19 is a magnificent psalm declaring that God’s intrinsic glory is unveiled to man through two primary means: general revelation (vv. 1– 6) and special revelation (vv. 7– 14). General revelation is God’s self-disclosure through creation. This revelation is available to all people, and it provides basic, foundational truths about God’s existence and attributes. On the other hand, special revelation is God’s manifested greatness to people through his inspired Word, the Bible. This revelation is special because it goes beyond the elementary truths of general revelation and testifies to how a person may know this great God and how he or she may live in a manner pleasing to him (Ibid).

We can outline Psalms 19 with the following headings and subheadings.

I. God’s Intrinsic Glory  (19:1-6).

  • Chronicling the Creation of the Skies (19:1-4b);
  •  The Conspicuity of the Sun (19:4c-6).

II God’s Ascribed glory (19:7-14).

  • The Attributes of God ascribed through His the Word and declared to the world. (19:7-9).
  •  A Testimonial of the Personal Worth of Word (19:10-11).
  •  David Applies the Word [Or the acknowledgement of the ascribed glory of God as the Holy Spirit reveals it to David.] to his Life. (19:12-14).

God’s Intrinsic Glory  (19:1-6).

1(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

I love to walk out into my garden, or even standing on the front porch, at night. When I look out at the sky, this verse always comes to mind. There is nothing more awe-inspiring than the heavens displaying its splendor and the creative handiwork of its Creator.  Romans 8:18-25 talks about creation waiting with expectation for the return of its Creator.  “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NET). This song reminds us of who created the universe. Listen to the words and give Him the glory that is due to His name!

2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

For the atheist Psalm 19 will be dismissed. Why? It goes back to Genesis when God created day and night. Genesis 1: 3-5 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Can you imagine what would happen to human relationships, families, and society at large if the sun shone 24/7/365 in the area where you lived? As long as we have light, we believe that we should be doing something.  In the darkness of the night, our mental faculties begin to slow down. Our minds begin to cease the continual hum and buzz that they experienced during the day. Finally, our eyes close and our bodies experience the rest that it needs to rejuvenate itself. God made us a promise in Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” I am so thankful for this promise. What about you?  Just listen to the first part of the song here-this part addresses this verse so well.

3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 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,

All of creation speaks in a unified chorus that requires no interpreter to explain their meaning. But are to be understood by people of all languages on the face of the earth.

Even the heathens of this world can look into the skies and know there is a God. They can also look around them at the beauties of this earth and know there is God. No person who can see or hear or feel has any excuse to believe there is no God. The very elements of nature preach a beautiful sermon. We have no excuse when it speaks to us if we do not believe.

Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse;”

5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”  Matthew 25:1–13 talks about the ends times and God’s people being prepared for Christ to return for his bride.  His bride is the church. Are you waiting to see your bridegroom? Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Revelation 19:9 “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”

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.

Now David goes back to the sun. He uses the personal pronoun “his.” Within a 24 hour period of time, the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Nothing is hidden from it.  The spiritual application of this Scripture also speaks to The Son of God. There isn’t a single thing that we do within a 24 hour period of time that is hidden from Him. He knows our thoughts. There is no end to His grace. From sunrise to sunset it remains resolute and steadfast.

II God’s Ascribed glory (19:7-14).

7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

God is revealed through His Holy Word.  The law of God is indeed perfect. The law of works does not give us salvation. That comes through faith and grace. However, Paul clarifies the holiness of the law in Rom. 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” The Law [Word] of God Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”  Restore means to “repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.”

There is nothing more rejuvenating that pouring over God’s Word. One’s strength is renewed, and their faith is bolstered. “[A student of God’s Word can confound many people because it “Mak(es) the simple wise.” 2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” There is much truth to the term “a child raised on the “True Word of God” is wiser than many degreed persons.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

God’s Word is never corrupt. It is always “right.”  There is a song that states when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done for me. My soul cries out ‘Hallelujah.’ Thank God for saving me.”  This rejoicing comes from knowing not just Jesus, but feasting on His Holy Word. It clears away the darkness of this world and makes our path crystal clear.

It eliminates the drama that permeates this world. It eliminates the gray areas of life.  I have had folks say to me “Well this is what the statute says, but you know that there are always gray areas!”  Gray is the color that is produced when we attempt to mix darkness with light. In other words, we are creating our own light. Psalm 119:105 tells us that “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Nothing makes things clearer for us than His Word.

9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Not only is the fear of the Lord “clean” it is also clear. Christ is the vine, and we are the branches.  There is nothing more disappointing than going to a grapevine that is covered with lush leaves [The outward appearance.] But when the time of harvest comes, it is utterly fruitless.  John 15:2 proposes that God has expectations for His children, Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, [WHY?] that it may bring forth more fruit.” Purging is serious business. It is to “do away withuseless branches.

David knew that he was expected to grow in God’s word and it should be seen in His life. In Psalm 119:25 he exclaimed: My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” I do not want to be a fruitless vine. I want to produce much fruit for the Kingdom of God.  David states that knowing God is “10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”  WHY? Because we should be doing this “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). Therefore, we know that living by the Word of God “[His] servant [are] warned [as they read it and live it.] They also know that “in keeping of them there is great reward.”

12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults13Keep 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.

God does not make mistakes. He knows his children. Thus, the psalmist plea for God to cleanse him. We may not fully understand the reason for our thoughts.

We have sins that are hidden in the deep recesses of our minds that we are not aware of, but God knows them  David said Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” Psalm 51:2 .  Speaking of the Children of Israel, God declared And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me” Jeremiah 33:8. 

Acts tell all Gentile followers of Jesus Christ that “But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” Acts 11:9.  The Apostle John penned But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the bloodofJesusChrist his Son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:7. Finally, Revelation makes it clear that “from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” Revelation 1:5.

14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Our minds/hearts reveal our spirit man. It shows our true self.

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
  2. Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
  3. Matthew 5:8 “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
  4. Finally my brethren how we should live in this world 1 Thessalonians 5. See also 2 Thessalonians Chapter 1. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Because “But [we] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthoodan holy nation, a peculiar people; that [we] should shew forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.”

Finally, my friends, we must stand up for who God is. Protect what He has created, and live according to what He has revealed to us through His Word.


Cayce, Ken. 2017.Books of the Bible.” Accessed August 29, 2018

Lawson, Steven. 2004. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Psalms. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group. Accessed August 29, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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