At essentially the exact time of this Psalm, a flight carrying at least 1 person who had just visited President Obama crashed into a house near Buffalo, New York. The Psalm takes places in the skies and deals with secret sins that cause stumblings like this Psalm.
1The skies declare the glory of god; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2Day after day utters speech, and night after night shows knowledge.
3There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
4Their good news has gone out through all the land, and their words to the end of the world. He has set his tent in the sun, among them.
5And he is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.
6His going forth is from the end of the skies, and his circuit to its ends; and there is nothing hidden from the mist of his breath.
7The law of Yahvah is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of Yahvah is trustworthy, making wise the young men.
8The statutes of Yahvah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Yahvah is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9The reverence of Yahvah is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of Yahvah are true and righteous altogether.
10They are more to be coveted than gold; yes, than precious stones; also sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; and if he keep them, he will be greatly rewarded.
12Who can understand stumblings? Cleanse me from secret faults.
13Also, spare your servant from presumptuous sins, lest the evil ones have dominion over me; then I will be cleansed from my sins.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Yahvah, my helper and my savior.
Flight 3407 inbound to Buffalo New York crashed at 10:20 PM about 6 miles from the runway. All 49 on the plane and 1 person on the ground were killed.
The time of the crash was essentially exactly at the theoretical time for this Psalm, 10:20 PM on the east coast of the United States.
There was not much left of the plane, it apparently crashed when the pilots turned off auto-pilot as part of standard procedures for landing. The plane suddenly became uncontrollable and being so close to the ground had no chance of recovery before impact with the ground. Ice or over reliance on auto-pilot while in severe icing likely contributed to the crash.
The weather conditions were part of the Plague of Wind that had broken out in Oklahoma City a or so day before.
There were later reports on notable passengers aboard the plane. The most prominent was Beverly Eckert, the widow of a man killed in the 911 events. She became a political activist and earlier in the day had been meeting with President Obama.
The types of prayers mentioned the Psalm are important because they keep people from being involved in accidents like this, and at times they keep accidents like this from happening at all. This crash was in dramatic contrast to the US Air flight that ditched in the Hudson river in January.
Verse 1 sets the context in the skies, the fulfillment venue for this crash.
Verse 2 discusses speech in the day and knowledge at night. The flight crew would later be shown to be talking on matters unrelated to the flight, in violation of Federal regulations. They also did not know what was wrong.
Verse 9 picks up with God's judgements, how they are pure. This suggests God chose to let this plane go down instead of stopping it, warning the crew or any of the many other things he could have done to save it.
Verse 12 suggests it was a secret fault, something not known or understood, that caused the crash.