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Psalm 19

posted 11 Jan 2012, 07:22 by Mark Broomhead

Psalm 19

A David Psalm
 1-2 God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. 
   Madame Day holds classes every morning, 
      Professor Night lectures each evening. 

 3-4 Their words aren't heard, 
      their voices aren't recorded, 
   But their silence fills the earth: 
      unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. 

 4-5 God makes a huge dome 
      for the sun—a superdome! 
   The morning sun's a new husband 
      leaping from his honeymoon bed, 
   The daybreaking sun an athlete 
      racing to the tape. 

 6 That's how God's Word vaults across the skies 
      from sunrise to sunset, 
   Melting ice, scorching deserts, 
      warming hearts to faith. 

 7-9 The revelation of God is whole 
      and pulls our lives together. 
   The signposts of God are clear 
      and point out the right road. 
   The life-maps of God are right, 
      showing the way to joy. 
   The directions of God are plain 
      and easy on the eyes. 
   God's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, 
      with a lifetime guarantee. 
   The decisions of God are accurate 
      down to the nth degree. 

 10 God's Word is better than a diamond, 
      better than a diamond set between emeralds. 
   You'll like it better than strawberries in spring, 
      better than red, ripe strawberries. 

 11-14 There's more: God's Word warns us of danger 
      and directs us to hidden treasure. 
   Otherwise how will we find our way? 
      Or know when we play the fool? 
   Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! 
      Keep me from stupid sins, 
      from thinking I can take over your work; 
   Then I can start this day sun-washed, 
      scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. 
   These are the words in my mouth; 
      these are what I chew on and pray. 
   Accept them when I place them 
      on the morning altar, 
   O God, my Altar-Rock, 
      God, Priest-of-My-Altar