Psalms 19

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

The Wonders of God and the Goodness of His Law

1The heavens keep telling

the wonders of God,

and the skies declare

what he has done.

2Each day informs

the following day;

each night announces

to the next.

3They don't speak a word,

and there is never

the sound of a voice.

4 Yet their message reaches

all the earth,

and it travels

around the world.

In the heavens a tent

is set up for the sun.

5It rises like a bridegroom

and gets ready like a hero

eager to run a race.

6It travels all the way

across the sky.

Nothing hides from its heat.

7 The Law of the Lord is perfect;

it gives us new life.

His teachings last forever,

and they give wisdom

to ordinary people.

8The Lord's instruction is right;

it makes our hearts glad.

His commands shine brightly,

and they give us light.

9Worshiping the Lord is sacred;

he will always be worshiped.

All his decisions

are correct and fair.

10They are worth more

than the finest gold

and are sweeter than honey

from a honeycomb.

11By your teachings, Lord,

I am warned;

by obeying them,

I am greatly rewarded.

12None of us know our faults.

Forgive me when I sin

without knowing it.

13Don't let me do wrong

on purpose, Lord,

or let sin have control

over my life.

Then I will be innocent,

and not guilty

of some terrible fault.

14Let my words and my thoughts

be pleasing to you, Lord,

because you are my mighty rock

and my protector.