Word of Encouragement: Psalm 19

Every morning, usually before I get out of bed, I spend time writing in my prayer journal. I’ve learned that everyone has a different way they like to pray, and as a writer, I’ve realized that my style is to write all my prayers out. I also love to add a scripture or two that ties together with the things I’ve just prayed for, and sometimes I find a Scripture that lights a fire in my heart, like this morning.

In a rush, I’ll admit that I wasn’t focused on what I was writing/praying, but as I searched for the right verse, these words came into my mind, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” Inspired, I read the rest of the chapter, and a feeling of power and awe washed over me.

Psalm 19, written by King David, is a short chapter with a lot of meat (or for any vegans and vegetarians out there…tofu). It speaks about how the glory of God is proclaimed through the heavens and skies, even though they neither speak nor make a sound. Nevertheless, their voices spread to the ends of the world for all to hear!

This part spoke to me because like I wrote in a blog titled, God of the Universe, God’s glory and presence is shown throughout all of creation. You can see it in the intricate shape of the plants, the animals that roam the earth, in the skies, everywhere! It’s so true that everything magnifies and speaks about God and His wonder, we just have to open our ears to hear their cries.

The chapter then goes on to talk about the sun, describing it like, “A bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course!” Each part of the earth feels its warmth every day — well unless you’re in the region of the planet that is in darkness right now.

Then, the Psalm delves into an area that others seem to shy away from — the Law. I’m not a preacher, nor do I want to come across like I’m indoctrinating anyone, but I’d like to share what I believe to be true and hope that you will pray over all of my words.

The Law was not written to place us in bondage or stop up from living our lives to the fullest. It was created to protect us and to keep people accountable as sin runs rampant throughout the earth. Each Law has a reason behind its existence, and just as it says in this chapter, the Law is perfect, and His statutes are trustworthy. I’ve placed my trust in the Father and walking out His truths is really important to me, and my faith walk.

Fearing the Lord is also something that people misunderstand. I used to question the wording because I didn’t know why the Bible says that we are to love the Lord but also fear Him… How can the two go hand in hand?

However, the stronger I’m growing, the more I’m learning that the fear the Bible speaks about is not the scared kind. Instead, it means that we are to respect our God and to realize that nothing on this earth is ours, and it can be taken in a blink of an eye. Like it says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!”

It was the last verse in Psalm 19 that brought me to read this chapter, this morning. There is something about its words that brings me a sense of peace and excitement. I love how the words flow when you speak them, and the meaning behind them makes it even an even more beautiful verse.

At the end of the day, I want to please my Father. I want everything I do be good in His sight. He is my Rock and my Redeemer; with Him my side, I have no fear.

God’s got His hand on you and is watching over you. Even in a world where disasters are occurring and people are walking away from their faith, the heavens are still declaring God’s power and majesty.

I encourage you to go back and read the chapter for yourself, and also meditate on its words. You might not learn the same revelations I have, but that’s awesome! We all interpret things differently, which is what makes us unique! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this chapter and what God spoke to you when you read it, so leave a comment below!

 

My prayer after reading Psalm 19:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word and the wisdom each word holds. Thank You for giving us a way to share Your encouragements with others. You are a good Father and are always there when we need You the most. Thank You for being faithful and never leaving our side. I pray that You would use this revelation to touch the hearts of those reading this post. Please speak to them and reveal more truths to them as they go through the rest of their day. I pray for all the things that are going on in this world, that You would put your hedge of protection over Your children and open our ears to hear Your voice. We are in awe of You and Your creation. Thank You for creating a world that leads us to You wherever we go. Continue to use us as a beacon of Your light and speak into the lives of those around us, that they might also be awoken to Your wonder. Lead us through this day and be with those who are going through tough times; show them that they are not alone.
I pray all this in the name of Your Son, Yeshua,
Amen!

 

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The Law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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