Submitted Date 07/05/2019

Perhaps more than any other verse in scripture I have come back to this one again and again throughout my life. Absorbing a beautiful sunrise or sunset; feeling the awe-inspiring majesty of an approaching thunderstorm; or looking out from the eastern coast mountain road in Taiwan as a boy, viewing the grandeur of the green then blue ocean meeting the pale blue sky; or more recently, taking in the scope of the Grand Canyon for the first time, this scripture frequently flows from my heart.

Much can be said about this passage; suffice it to say that the psalmist, David, spends the first six verses extolling the eloquence of God's speaking through nature and the rest of the psalm extolling the excellence of His message. In the same manner that his praise of God's creation uses powerful imagery, David embraces the edicts and commands of God as restorative and instructive.

David's conclusion to this psalm is the ultimate cry of the heart dedicated to following hard after God.

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer." (Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭NKJV‬)

In our day, the guidance of the Comforter, His Holy Spirit, allows us to, "not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit," (Romans 8:1, NKJV) and truly live out this plea to the Father. Every sunrise or sunset we see should remind us to so live.

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