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God’s Witnesses

For the Pure and Shining One

A poem of praise by King David, his loving servant

God’s Story in the Skies

19 God’s splendor is a tale that is told,
    written in the stars.[a]
    Space itself speaks his story
    through the marvels of the heavens.
    His truth is on tour in the starry vault of the sky,
    showing his skill in creation’s craftsmanship.
Each day gushes out its message[b] to the next,
    night by night whispering its knowledge to all—
without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard,
yet all the world can hear its echo.
    Everywhere its message goes out.
    What a heavenly home God has set for the sun,
    shining in the superdome of the sky!
See how he leaves his celestial chamber each morning,
    radiant as a bridegroom ready for his wedding,
    like a day-breaking champion eager to run his course.
He rises on one horizon, completing his circuit on the other,
    warming lives and lands with his heat.

God’s Story in the Scriptures

Yahweh’s Word[c] is perfect in every way;
    how it revives our souls!
    Yahweh’s laws lead us to truth,
    and his ways change the simple into wise.
Yahweh’s teachings are right and make us joyful;
    his precepts are so pure!
    Yahweh’s commands challenge us to keep close to his heart!
    The revelation-light of his Word makes my spirit shine radiant.
Yahweh’s decrees are trustworthy.
    The fear of Yahweh is pure, enduring forever.
10 The rarest treasures of life are found in his truth.
    That’s why God’s Word is prized like others prize the finest gold.
    Sweeter also than honey are his living words—
    sweet words dripping from the honeycomb!
11 For they warn us, your servants,
    and keep us from following the wicked way,
    giving a lifetime guarantee:
    great success to every obedient soul!
12 How would I discern the waywardness[d] of my heart?
    Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them.
13 Keep cleansing me, God,
    and keep me from my secret, selfish sins;
    may they never rule over me!
    For only then will I be free from fault
    and remain innocent of rebellion.
14 So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts,
    and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing,
    acceptable before your eyes, Yahweh,
    my only Redeemer, my Protector.[e]

Footnotes

  1. 19:1 Or “The heavens are continually rehearsing the glory of God.”
  2. 19:2 Or “speaks its prophecy.”
  3. 19:7 Or “The Torah.”
  4. 19:12 The word waywardness is taken from the Hebrew word for “errors.”
  5. 19:14 Or “my rock [of protection].”