August 21st, 2005
|01:04 pm - Personal Reading for the Day|
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Current Mood: meditative
|Date:||August 21st, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)|| |
This was literally one of my personal artistic discoveries. Then I realized that two of the greatest pieces of music ever composed, Haydn's THE CREATION and Beethoven's Ninth, include powerful quotations from this Psalm. C.S. Lewis called it the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.
I fully agree. Every time I read it again, it feels new. So little feels that way; and it's such a perfect expression of what I want to pray, so often.
|Date:||August 21st, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)|| |
The nineteenth-century Italian patriot Giuseppe Mazzini wrote something once that sounds like an unconscious quotation: "Anyone who can look on the sky on a clear starry night and still deny God... must be greatly unhappy, or greatly guilty."
Gorgeous psalm! All that wonderful imagery and the lovely rhythm of the words! Which translation is that?
I like how it starts out extolling God's creation and ends with a request for obedience. Ya gotta start with understanding what God is and what He does before you can really follow Him.
It's the New International Version. :-) Often rather a plain translation, and sometimes not a very accurate one (or so my Bible professors used to tell me), but occassionally it hits the perfect note.