Monday, March 25, 2013

Sun of Righteousness

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the Glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His Hands.
2Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4Yet their voiceb 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.
5It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

11By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.


There are two excellent books which the great God has published for the instruction and edification of the children of men; this Psalm treats of them both, and recommends them both to our diligent study.

I. The book of the creatures, in which we may easily read the Power and Glory of the Creator, Jehovah (v. 1-6).

II. The book of the scriptures, which makes known to us the Will of God concerning our duty. He shows the excellency and usefulness of that book (v. 7-11) and then teaches us how to improve it (v. 12-14).

The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim His Wisdom, Power, and Glory, that all ungodly men are left without excuse. They speak themselves to be works of God's Hands; for they must have a Creator Who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good.

The counter-changing of day and night is a great proof of the Power of God, and calls us to observe, that, as in the kingdom of nature, so in that of providence, He forms the light, and creates the darkness, Isaiah 45:7, and sets the one against the other.

The sun in the firmament is an emblem of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the church, and the Light of the world, diffusing Divine light and salvation by His Gospel to the nations of the earth.  He delights to bless His church, which He has espoused to Himself; and His course will be unwearied as that of the sun, till the whole earth is filled with His light and salvation.

Let us pray for the time when He shall enlighten, cheer, and make fruitful every nation on earth, with the blessed salvation. They have no speech or language, so some read it, and yet their voice is heard. All people may hear these preachers speak in their own tongue the wonderful works of God. Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit we have by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyond them to the Sun of righteousness, Jesus our Lord.


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