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Psalm 19: Whoa.

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 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. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.


I went to a christian school and we went to a weekly chapel on Friday mornings. Each grade took a turn being "in charge" of a chapel (really the teacher was in charge of it, but whatever). In 3rd grade, we had to memorize this psalm and then recite it in front of the rest of the school. If you've ever heard a bunch of kids reciting something, it's usually super monotone with little inflection, and you can tell that the kids don't really understand what they are saying. This case was no different. Years later though, I still have most of this Psalm memorized, and let me say, it is one of my favorite sections of the entire Bible. Those verses I memorized without paying attention to what they meant all those years ago are now super important to me.


But why? Why do I love this Psalm?


To me, this Psalm is beautifully written.


The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.


Not only is the language beautiful, but I just love the idea that it is trying to convey. This Psalm is giving us a grand view of God's creation. Have you ever looked around at God's creation? I don't mean have you ever seen God's creation, but have you ever LOOKED at God's creation. Have you ever seen it and just been in awe. I would have said no when I was your age. But as I grow older, I am more and more in awe of God's incredible creation He has made. The Psalmist here is saying that even though the mountains, the skies, the oceans, the animals aren't saying anything to us, they're still saying something. They're revealing who God is. They are showing us how amazing our God is. God's creation should make us want to worship God more.


The second half of the Psalm talks about a different way God has made Himself known to us, that is through His "law."


The law of the Lord is perfect,

refreshing the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,

enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,

and all of them are righteous.


God has revealed His character, His standards of what is right and wrong to us through the law and His commands that we can read in Scripture today. God has shown us how to live through His Word, are we reading it? Are we doing what it says?


Challenge: Listen to the song So Will I by Hillsong Worship. This song takes elements from a variety of different passages of Scripture. I love that this song talks about God's creation giving praise to God without ever "talking." God's creation is Him revealing who He is and His character that is later backed up and affirmed in His Word. After listening to the song, go out into God's natural creation (6 feet away from other humans!) and spend time with God. Give Him praise for who He is.


Tim

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