God's Two Books
An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 19
Words in boxes are from the Bible. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the Hebrew Bible.
There are many other things that Jesus did. If somebody wrote them down, I think that the whole world would not be big enough for all the books! (John 21:25)
yet ~ another word for but
bridegroom ~ a man that is marrying a woman
command ~ tell (with authority) someone to do something
fear ~ here it means awe, thinking that someone is great
sweeter ~ more than sweet
honey ~ sugar made by bees
bee ~ a small insect
please ~ make happy
Redeemer ~ another name for God (it means that he made us free)
We do not know when David wrote Psalm 19. Perhaps it was one morning when he had been out all night with his sheep. He saw the sunrise over Moab. What David saw spoke to him about God. David remembered the stars that he saw at night. God made the stars. In the morning David saw the sun. God made the sun. All that David saw told him about God. He heard no words, there was no language. But David knew that everything was telling him about God.
Then David remembered something else. He remembered the word of God. We call it the Bible. That told him about God as well. David did not have the whole Bible. He only had the start of the Old Testament. But it told him about God. And it made David very happy. But it also made David think. It made him say to himself, "Am I a good or bad man?" He prayed that God would forgive him. David was, perhaps, sitting on the top of a great rock. That spoke to him about God as well! God was like a rock to David. So David called God "My Rock". He also called God his Redeemer. A Redeemer is someone that pays the price to make a slave free.
Psalm 19 is about words. In verses 1 - 6 nobody speaks the words. We see the moon and the stars and the sun. We see the earth and the animals and the plants. They all make us feel inside ourselves, "Somebody made all this". The psalm tells us in verses 1 and 4 who that is. His name is God. We have a special name for all these things that God made. We call them all "nature". Nature is like a very big book. It tells us, "God made everything".
Now look at verses 7 - 11. Can you find the name "God" in it? No, because here God has a different name. Here he is the LORD. This is the name that people use when they decide to follow God. He becomes their LORD. This part of the psalm is not about the book of nature. This is about the book that we call the Bible. Psalm 19 is a very small part of the Bible. You are reading Psalm 19 in a small book. It has only 112 pages. Bigger books have a lot of pages. David did not have books like ours. He had scrolls. These were long piece of paper. Scrolls were several metres long. God did not write the nature scroll down. It is just a picture to give us help.
So, here are 2 important books about God. In the book of nature we learn how great God is. We learn that he is wonderful. We may feel afraid of him. Christians call this "awe". It makes us want to tell God that he is wonderful. We call this "worship". The other book is the Bible. It tells us how to follow God, and make him our LORD.
Verses 12 - 14 tells us how to start following God. Look on after Psalm 1 if you want help.
Learn to say Psalm 19:14 by heart.
© 2001, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words)
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