Psalm 19

Since finding a great website that offers over 797,000 poems from over 78,000 poets I have found myself going to the site frequently.  As I have browsed the list of poets I have come across old favorites that I had long forgotten.  Reading the first few words of some of them is like finding old friends after a very long absence.

So once more I am adding a poem to this blog.  It’s one that was prompted by reading today a short piece written by the late William MacDonald who was a bible teacher and author.  In this piece MacDonald said, “We preach the Lord of life and glory. He is the One whom God has highly exalted and given a Name which is above every name. At His Name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess Him Lord to the glory of God the Father. He is crowned with glory and honor, a Prince and a Savior.”

And after I read the entire piece I thought of Psalm 19 and this poem by Isaac Watts.

Psalm XIX: The Heavens Declare Thy Glory, Lord

The heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
In every star thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold thy word,
We read thy name in fairer lines.

The rolling sun, the changing light,
And night and day, thy power confess;
But the blest volume thou hast writ
Reveals thy justice and thy grace.

Sun, moon, and stars convey thy praise
Round the whole earth, and never stand;
So when thy truth began its race,
It touched and glanced on every land.

Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest
Till through the world thy truth has run
Till Christ has all the nations blest,
That see the light or feel the sun.

Great Sun of righteousness, arise,
Bless the dark world with heavenly light:
Thy gospel makes the simple wise;
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right.

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One thought on “Psalm 19

  1. Psalm 19 has always been special to me. My 5th grade public school class memorized it for our regular Friday morning 1st through 12th grade assembly. My verse was “..the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes,” but after many practices, I knew all verses. At that time, those words were just words…..but they have remained with me, and, of course, now are so meaningful. Isaac Watts intertwined his poem with David’s song so eloquently.

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