Pastor Tommy Bridges Devotional: David in the Pasture


May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

In 14 verses, Psalm 19 summarized the message of all 66 books in the Bible.

Look across the valley, there’s David sitting alone, except for his sheep, in an open field with the sun shining on his face. Contemplating nature in his pastoral seclusion, David realizes that nature understands what many people do not; and it’s so obvious that it leaves ungodly men without excuse.

The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Day after day they pour forth speech, and night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-6)

And yet, as beautiful as his work is, the Lord’s word is a greater gift. Pastor Matthew Henry wrote, “The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe or the light of the sun.”

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:7, 10)

As loving parents counsel their children, the Lord counsels humanity to steer clear of temptation and not to turn from his teachings. There is a reward in keeping God’s commandments.

They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:10-11)

Through Jesus who took our nature upon him, may our hearts and actions be guided by the excellence of the word of God.