I wanted to discuss another Pslam.  I did a google search under “most popular Psalms” and found Pslam 19:

Psalm 19 (King James Version)

 1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

 2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

 3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

 4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

 5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

 6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

 7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

 8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

 11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

 12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

I found a quote by C.S. Lewis, “I take this [Psalm 19] to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

This psalm clearly inspires many.  Right from the first verse it sings to the glory, and perfection of God, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Verses 3 & 4 “There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun”  God is at the center of everything.

Verses 7 and 8 declare that God’s law is perfect. “the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” 

Verse 9 starts “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever.”  I take the word clean to mean constant and unchanging.  Christ Followers should never lose their fear “the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether” In verse 10 we are told these judgements are “More to be desired are they than gold”

Once again in verse 11 the Christ Follower is told that God’s judgement should serve as a warning, and in keeping them there is great reward.

I need some help with verses 12 and 13.  What is meant by “cleanse thou me from secret faults”?  What kind sin does the word “presumptuous” refer to?

The psalm ends with hope that “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight. God is “my strength, and my redeemer.”

This is a beautiful song in praise of God’s perfection.

I also found a sermon by by Rev D. Graham Leitch, he talks about  the “danger of science”.  I can understand that it is dangerous for a Christ Follower to come to rely too much on “science” and risk losing sight of God as the creator.

To what degree do you see science as a danger to the word of God?

http://www.barclaychurch.org.uk/SERMONS/TEXT/SER.2002.08.18.html 

THE DANGER OF SCIENCE

Science is a great boon but wrongly approached contains a great danger. Its investigative potential is its great strength – the mysteries of nature and the macrocosmic and microcosmic wonders of creation, properly regarded, testify to their Creator. But when science reduces nature to mathematical formulae, laws of physics, and reduces every unfolding flower and glorious sunrise to a nothing more than a natural process, instead of enriching the world it impoverishes it, by stifling creation’s song.

It is partly the result of the growing confidence of science and its preoccupation with creation, without due regard to its Creator, that still today, to quote John Calvin, writing in his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion:

“the greater part of mankind walk blindfold in this glorious theatre.”
Are you blind to nature’s art and deaf to creation’s song? Have you been failing to hear God’s “Hello!” in both?

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