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Psalm 19

The Glory of God Is Revealed


For the choir director. A psalm by David.

The Glory of God Revealed by Creation

The heavens tell about the glory of God.
The expanse of the sky proclaims the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out speech.
Night after night they display knowledge.
They do not speak. They say no words.
Their voice is not heard.[a]
Their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
and their word reaches the end of the world.

God has pitched a tent for the sun in the heavens.
It comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy.
It celebrates like a champion who has run his race.
It sets out from one end of the heavens.
It runs until it reaches the other end.
There is nowhere to hide from its heat.

The Glory of God Revealed in His Word

The law[c] of the Lord is perfect.
It revives the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy.
It gives wisdom to the inexperienced.[d]
The precepts of the Lord are right.
They give joy to the heart.
The commandment of the Lord is bright.
It gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure.
It stands forever.
The just decrees of the Lord are truth.
They are altogether righteous.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
even better than much pure gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the honeycomb.

The Glory of God Revealed in the Believer’s Life

11 Yes, by them your servant is warned.
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can recognize his own errors?
Declare me innocent of hidden sins.
13 Restrain your servant also from deliberate sins.
Do not let them rule over me.
Then I will be blameless.
Then I will be innocent of great rebellion.
14 May the speech from my mouth
and the thoughts in my heart be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.


  1. Psalm 19:3 Or there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard
  2. Psalm 19:4 The translation follows the Greek. The Hebrew reads their measuring line.
  3. Psalm 19:7 The Hebrew term torah, traditionally translated law, includes other forms of instruction besides laws. Here it refers to God’s whole word, including the gospel.
  4. Psalm 19:7 Or naïve