I truly enjoy the Psalms of David as he reflects on the majesty of the heavens and his declaration of what God has done. In this Psalm, the Contemporary English Version begins with a deep sense of God’s majesty as Creator, “The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next. They don't speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice. Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world.”
The Psalmist describes the heavens “as a tent is set up for the sun. It rises like a bridegroom and gets ready like a hero eager to run a race…” What a timely reminder about creation, having just enjoyed watching athletes from around the world compete in the recent Winter Olympics.
The next few verses note the significance and perfection of God’s Law, how it gives us life, eternal teachings and wisdom for all of us as His people in our ordinary lives. What a wonderful truth to know that his instructions are right and they are designed to make our hearts glad. We can depend on the promise that His commands are not overbearing, but like the sun in our lives, shining brightly and giving us light upon our way. David recognized the sacred importance of remaining focused when worshipping the Lord. In a world where distractions are commonplace, this reminder is significant.
“All of his decisions are correct and fair.” We live in a special interest society that demands their rights and seeks personal advantages. David’s words align us to the plumbline of God’s righteous ways which, when obeyed, will serve us in the best way: ” By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded. None of us know our faults. Forgive me when I sin without knowing it. Don't let me do wrong on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life. Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault.”
Finally, we rest in the wisdom of David’s recognition of the Lord as his only source of stability, concluding with a reminder for us to remain focused on the Lord with steadfast praise: “Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock and my protector.”