Psalm 19 is one of the best daily prayers Iíve ever found. Commit it to
memory and use it in your prayers each morning. Just like your
daily bath or shower makes you physically clean, Psalm 19 makes
you spiritually clean. Itís a great way to fulfill 1 John 1:9, ďIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.Ē
Letís go through Psalm 19 and
Iíll show you why itís such a good one to know by heart.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night
after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their
voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
These verses refer to the Hebrew Mazzaroth, later corrupted into
Babylonian Astrology. Hebrew tradition holds that Adam, Seth,
and Enoch picked 12 constellations of stars, each with a major
star and 3 minor ones (called decans) and named them in such a
way as to tell the gospel story. Being a nomadic people
who slept in the open with their flocks, generations of fathers
could point out these constellations to their sons at night and
use them to teach the redemption story. This was to give hope to
the sons, who had heard stories of the fall of Man and his
expulsion from the Garden. It taught them that one day God would
send His Son to redeem them. Their faith in Godís promise,
written in the stars, is what saved them from their sins.
Evidence shows that the Sphinx in Egypt is a monument to the
Mazzaroth with the head of a woman (Virgo) and the body of a
lion (Leo) combining the 1st and 12th signs and completing the
circle of redemption. Some experts contend that the particular
kind of erosion the sphinx has experienced could only have
occurred if it had spent a period of time under water. If so,
itís a pre-flood memorial to the Gospel in the Stars.
In ancient Babylon, the 12 constellations were given different
names, most of which bore no resemblance to the original Hebrew,
and the 12 signs of the Zodiac were born taking God completely
out of the picture. The Babylonian names survive to this day and
are the basis for the false religion we call astrology.
This was one of the enemyís early attempts to deprive mankind of
the Gospel story. There is speculation among archeologists
and astrologers alike that the Tower of Babel may have been
dedicated to the study of astrology. Signs of the Zodiac
have been found in the ruins of similar ancient towers. In
Israel the study of Astrology was a sin punishable by death (Deut. 18:9-12 KJV).
In the heavens he has pitched a tent
for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his
pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes
its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. (Psalm 19:5-6)
The rising and setting of the Sun each day also give evidence of
Godís creative powers in providing the light and warmth
necessary to sustain our lives day in and day out. How could
this happen by chance?
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the
heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring
forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether
They are more precious than gold, than much
pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the
By them is your servant warned; in keeping
them there is great reward (Psalm 19:7-11)
Godís Laws, while impossible to keep in their entirety, are the
standard for behavior that He requires. Not arbitrary or
oppressive, they are perfect as He is perfect, and making them
part of your life is the sure path to prosperity and success (Joshua 1:8).
Even people who donít believe in the Creator who ordained them
are blessed by incorporating His laws into their lifestyle.
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may
they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of
great transgression. (Psalm 19:12-13)
But even the best of us falls pitifully short of achieving the
standards Godís law sets forth. Our behavior is so
contaminated by our sin nature we donít even realize the extent
to which we violate them. So Davidís prayer was not just
for Godís help in preventing him from consciously sinning, but
also for forgiveness for the sins he wasnít even aware of
In Old Testament times, the evening and morning burnt offerings
temporarily set aside the unintentional sins of the nation. From
the time of the Exodus to the coming of the Messiah these
offerings were part of their daily lives. The evening
offering was kept burning all night to atone for the sins they
committed during the night and the morning offering covered them
all through the day. Two lambs gave their life every day
to show the people the extent to which sin had permeated their
lives, literally causing them to violate Godís laws day and
As the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29) Jesus replaced these twice daily burnt offerings with
His once-for-all-time sacrifice (Hebrews 10:11-12).
And it covered conscious as well as unconscious sin. Since
He has already paid the penalty due us, we need only confess to
be forgiven. Some dispute this, arguing that our original
confession should be sufficient for life. However John the
Apostle reminded us that if we think weíre without sin weíre
liars, fooling ourselves. But if we confess our sins, as David
did, including even those that are so much a part of our
behavior that weíre not even aware of them, God Who is faithful
and just will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-10)
Our original confession saved us forever, but maintaining an
intimate relationship with God in the here and now requires
confession whenever we sin.
May the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my
Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
God, Who judges the motives of our heart knows the difference
between the sincere confession of a humble and contrite sinner
and the mindless mouthing of words weíve learned to say without
feeling. David closed his prayer with the hope that God would
count him sincere as he offered his confession, and judge his
motives favorably. Good advice for us too.
Today, when thereís so much emphasis on self, itís easy to forget
that weíre created beings whoíve been given incredible talent
and ability to use as we see fit, and a guide to living that
will assure success beyond our wildest imagination.
Beginning each day by declaring the glory of our Creator,
acknowledging and confessing our sins, and protecting our
relationship with the One who is the author of all our victories
is a great antidote for the self centeredness that can so easily
In the days ahead our way of life will be challenged in ways we
would never have imagined just a few years ago. Itís more
important now than ever before that we stay close to our Lord
and Savior, to avail ourselves of His blessing and His
protection. Knowing and praying Psalm 19 will help us do that. Selah 10-30-10