Psalm 19 was written by King David to his Chief Musician, we don’t know who this man was, but he was surely the Handel or Hayden of his day. One sees David at his desk, writing a relaxed letter. He not writing to this person because he wants a new hymn, but because he wanted to share his thoughts with someone he undoubtedly knew and trusted. David insists that nothing can hide us from the heat of the God of Abraham. He muses, “the law of the Lord is perfect” (unlike those squabbling lawyers on the Temple steps). The law shows the way even for the simple-minded. His judgements are true—and righteous. David asks to be ”cleansed of his secret faults.” He concludes with a now familiar refrain “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of thy heart, be acceptable in thy sight O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.”
The great Christian writer C.S. Lewis calls Psalm 19 the greatest of all the Psalms. But in I Corinthians Paul reminds us that while the world is full of “despised things” and “the follies of the word” “let him who glories in the Lord have his glory”. The Cross forgives us our sins “known and unknown” and we are free to examine our faults knowing that we are justified through Christ.
MARCH 4 / SUNDAY