Psalm 19 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There 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, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6 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. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 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. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
I absolutely love this Psalm. You are led to look up into the Heavens to see God and His handiwork. What a beautiful way to prepare and humble the heart. God’s handiwork reminds us just who we are. We are a speck in the vastness of it all! The Psalmist continues and reveals God’s Word, His statues, His love, His mercy, His Son, His salvation, and His goodness! He then leads us to look inward to our sin. After reading this psalm, the heart has been prepared and is ready to be molded into His likeness.
Every area of life revolves around what is acceptable. Just what is acceptable to God? David wanted the words of his mouth and what laid deep within his heart to be acceptable to God! Deep in the dark corners of the heart lies the truth – nothing can be hidden from God. It is there that reveals whether or not one’s heart is “right with Him.” Yes, our salvation is settled because Christ paid the horrible price of punishment for us. However, are we acceptable to God in our words, whether spoken or unspoken, and our deeds? What is in the heart will come out of the mouth (Matthew 12:34). Therefore, what do we have to offer to God that is acceptable?
~Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
We can offer God us! When we submit ourselves in every way to the Lord, including all that we do and say, we present ourselves a “living” sacrifice to Him. Paul says this is our “reasonable” service! It is the least we should do for God. After all He has done for us, all we can give Him is a yielded and willing spirit. Our living sacrifice to God can only be achieved if we are yielded to His Holy Spirit. The Lord reveals to us and convicts us of sin. We then, in turn, submit to Him and forsake that sin. David spoke of those secret faults. There are things in life that we hide. There are even things in life that we don’t know about yet and the Lord wants to clean that up.
As the heart is convicted, accepting that conviction with a repentant attitude, take on the image of Christ. Granted, we can’t ever be perfect, but we can now be used of God!
~Proverbs 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
Pro_10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
A living sacrifice … that’s what I want to be for you, Lord! Yielded, ready to respond to Your prompting and conviction, and living!