To the chief musician, a psalm of David (abridged)
“I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter,” said C. S. Lewis, “and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” The first two sections (verses 1-6) are about nature—one can imagine David sitting on the hillside looking at the heavens. The third section (verses 7-11) is about God’s Word—and is reminiscent of Psalm 119, which, in 176 verses, magnifies the Word of God. The last two sections (verses 12-14) are about personal prayer—that the psalmist’s words and thoughts might be acceptable to God.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament showeth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. . . .
The law of the LORD is perfect,
converting the soul:
The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring for ever:
The judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward. . . .
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.