The Lord is my Creator.
Psalm 19 (A Psalm of David):
1The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
2Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
3They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
4Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
7The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.
9Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
10They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
11They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
12How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 is a declaration of Elohim (the Hebrew Name for Creator God). Not only is the God of the Bible THE life maker, He is THE sustainer. David the psalmist illustrates the obvious fact that God is God by simply drawing examples from creation. Psalm 19 is broken down in 3 segments:
God is imminent in His creation (verses 1-6):
Just look up. That’s all you have to do to know God exists. It’s that simple.
Verse 1 uses the words ‘proclaim’ and ‘display’ to describe how the heaven’s announce God’s glory. Therefore God is the uncaused first cause over all creation. Verses 2-3 show the constant communication of creation. ‘Day after day’ and ‘night after night…’ not even a sound is necessary to account for the masterpiece of God’s created order.
Everything we see, observe, feel, taste, smell, and hear suggests intelligence beyond our wildest imaginations. The psalmist speaks about the sun as an example.
Picture the scene… the congregation rises, the door opens, the organ plays. The bride is revealed. There are few scenes as wonderous as this. It’s enough to make grown men cry, and it does so frequently! This is the illustrious picture the psalmist paints to somewhat comprehend a sunrise and sunset.
The fact that God is so unfathomable is a difficult concept to comprehend. This about this: It would take an estimated ONE MILLION earths to fit inside the sun. That’s how massive God is. How can one not be left speechless?
God is imminent in His wisdom (verses 7-10):
Because God exists, He MUST be all wise or He wouldn’t be God. That’s what it means to BE God. The psalmist puts a snippet of God’s infinite wisdom on display regarding God’s instructions, commandments, reverence, and laws (as highlighted one after the other in verses 7-10).
To describe God’s wisdom, words such as perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, pure, true, and fair are used. This is just a tip of the iceberg. What God says and declares MUST be totally true because He is actual truth.
This is a big deal for us because we can simply rest in His faithfulness and unchanging nature. God never changes. Therefore we can remain rooted and grounded in His love rather than being stuck in the world’s ways of rushing, panic, fretting, and worry.
God is imminent in His Lordship (verses 11-14):
The last segment of the psalm highlights the fact that we exist FOR God, not the other way around. God is God we are not. Therefore, the psalmist prays for sin not to rule over his life.
What does it look like when sin rules over your life? It’s not a matter of if we sin, it’s when. This side of heaven sin is evident due to the fall. As much as we may not like it, it’s a part of life. Sin begins in the mind.
We get caught up and tangled in all sorts of things when we don’t observe our thoughts. If we fight, deny, or run from our thoughts we will get swept away in them while will lead to being ruled by them. When we courageously allow God to have access our whole heart He shapes, transforms, and brings something new and beautiful to our lives.
Keep Looking Up,
Rev. Jon Barrett | Executive Director of CVCCS