I often use “The Message” Bible translation in my blogs when I include a scripture. This week I decided to simply post chapter 19 from the book of Psalms. Read it slow, and let the proper weight of each word’s meaning sink in.
Psa 19:1 A David psalm. God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Psa 19:2 Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.
Psa 19:3 Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
Psa 19:4 But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun–a superdome!
Psa 19:5 The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, The daybreaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.
Psa 19:6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.
Psa 19:7 The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road.
Psa 19:8 The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes.
Psa 19:9 GOD’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree.
Psa 19:10 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.
Psa 19:11 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure.
Psa 19:12 Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool?
Psa 19:13 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.
Psa 19:14 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.