Psalm 19 is a hymn of David’s that speaks to God’s creation as giving witness to God without words or voices. The first verse is more familiar to us than the remainder of the chapter, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands” - Psalm 19:1. But as I spent some time in these 14 verses, I came away with another “favorite” verse that will most definitely make its way to RFG IV next spring.
In verses 4-6, David speaks of the sun. God has made it a heavenly tent (the nighttime hours), but each morning the sun comes bursting out of that tent like a bridegroom heading to the altar to meet his bride. And the way that the sun makes its circuit across the sky each day is like a champion, or a runner, “rejoicing to run his course.” He runs from one end of the route to the other, while shining its light and its heat on all. WOW! That’s pretty good stuff. David was quite a poet, huh?
As a runner, I often feel like this coming out of the starting gate. Released to meet the course, with the enthusiasm of one rushing to meet his love (of course, sometimes I should probably not rush out with quite as much enthusiasm, but you get the point). Rejoicing along the route, running steadfast from start to finish. Maybe that’s a bit of the runner’s high, and my view of race day is certainly biased, but I am hopeful that everyone finds a similar joy in running, while finding God’s glory in His creation.
Psalm 191 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. 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. 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. 7 The law of the LORDis perfect, reviving 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. 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. 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.