Sunday, May 23, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 19

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey and join us in Praying the Psalms.

Psalm 19 

For me, this psalm seemed neatly divided into three parts- praising God's creative work in nature, praising the perfection of His Word and how His Word applies to us.  

I don't know if my meditation will make sense to anyone else or if you will just think I am weird (which I am- lol) but I will share it here anyway :)  Meditating on the first part of this psalm, I immediately thought about the times I have taught children songs and sign language and how much it enhances the worship experience in many ways because you not only hear the praise but you see it.  Sometimes when I read the psalms, I see the signs in my mind's eye (or imagine what they might be if I don't know them.)  For example, look at the signs for the verbs below.  They make the psalm come alive! 
The heavens declare the glory of God;
       the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

 2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
       night after night they display knowledge. 
 I love this next portion!  Nature cries out in praise of God and those without a physical voice can use their hands as their voices in worship:
 3 There is no speech or language
       where their voice is not heard. 
 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
       their words to the ends of the world.
 And I can't help but see this beautiful word picture so clearly in my mind's eye:
       In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
       like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

 6 It rises at one end of the heavens
       and makes its circuit to the other;
       nothing is hidden from its heat.
And now for Part II of the psalm- more signs:
The precepts of the LORD are right,
       giving joy to the heart.
       The commands of the LORD are radiant,
       giving light to the eyes.

 9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
       enduring forever.
       The ordinances of the LORD are sure
       and altogether righteous.

 10 They are more precious than gold,
       than much pure gold;
       they are sweeter than honey,
       than honey from the comb.
Part III is a beautiful prayer for forgiveness and sanctification.  I had to link to a YouTube video of Shane and Shane singing Psalm 19 at the end:
 11 By them is your servant warned;
       in keeping them there is great reward.

 12 Who can discern his errors?
       Forgive my hidden faults.

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

 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,        O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Natalie, thank you for your visit to my blog. I love this meditation of your's. No, I do not think you are weird! :)
I love how you showed us all the signs! Praying the Psalms every week like this is really awesome as we learn more about them and we are inspired by each other. I will never look at this psalm the same way again. God bless!


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