Psalm 19 – A Journey to Discover What God is Like

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The great English author, C. S. Lewis, had this to say about Psalm 19, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

Today, we have the privilege of digging into the meaning of this Psalm, so we can use it in praise and prayer to God.

The Psalm begins by asking us to observe how creation proclaims the greatness of God without uttering a single word.

An Unending Concert to God

All of creation sings an unending concert to the glory of God. Without using words, all of creation sends out a message of God’s greatness and power.

How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory!
How plainly it shows what he has done!
Each day announces it to the following day;
each night repeats it to the next.
No speech or words are used,
no sound is heard;
yet their message goes out to all the world
and is heard to the ends of the earth.
God made a home in the sky for the sun;
it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,
like an athlete eager to run a race.
It starts at one end of the sky
and goes across to the other.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
(Psalm 19.1-6)

Several years ago, I was traveling from Blue Springs to Kansas City Kansas. A green grasshopper decided to take the trip with me. It rode all the way on my windshield on the driver’s side of my truck.

While the grasshopper and I traveled, I had a chance to speak to God about the wondrous creation before me. It had eyes, tiny lungs, wings, jumping legs, and life. I remember telling God, “Even though this is a nuisance insect in my life, there is absolutely no way that I can create any part of that bug.”

Apparently, God made this insect for his pleasure and purposes. In spite of my driving at 70 miles an hour, it was able to stay on my windshield all the way to Kansas. Without saying a single word, this bug gave me an opportunity to praise God for thirty minutes.

Paul was right when he wrote to the Romans, “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. “(Romans 1.19-20 the Message Translation)

The Incomparable Value of the Law

We praise God for the gift of his Law. God’s law is divine instruction, guidance and direction for living. It renews and restores life. It is trustworthy and teaches wisdom and maturity.

The law of the Lord is perfect;
it gives new strength.
The commands of the Lord are trustworthy,
giving wisdom to those who lack it.
The laws of the Lord are right,
and those who obey them are happy.
The commands of the Lord are just
and give understanding to the mind.
Reverence for the Lord is good;
it will continue forever.
The judgments of the Lord are just;
they are always fair.
They are more desirable than the finest gold;
they are sweeter than the purest honey.
They give knowledge to me, your servant;
I am rewarded for obeying them.
(Psalm 19.7-11)

God’s instructions lead us to a right relationship to him and others. Let’s meditate on the great value of God’s Law – his instruction, direction, and guidance for life.

God’s instruction, direction, and guidance is . . .

— Perfect – giving people strength for living.

— Trustworthy – giving people wisdom.

— Right – making people who live by them happy.

— Just – giving people understanding about God’s plans and purposes.

— They give knowledge. We are rewarded for obeying them.

Most of us will agree with these affirmations about God’s Law – his instruction, direction, and guidance for life. However, most will also agree that we struggle with following his directions for life. Thus, the ending of the Psalm is a perfect way to end our meditation on God’s glory in creation and in his Law.

I Need You, O I Need You

“God, help me see my blindside,” one of my pastor friends once prayed. He was in perfect accord with this Psalm.

None of us can see our own errors;
deliver me, Lord, from hidden faults!
Keep me safe, also, from willful sins;
don’t let them rule over me.
Then I shall be perfect
and free from the evil of sin.
May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!
(Psalm 19.12-14)

In addition to the prayer of my pastor friend, we can pray the following:

— Keep me safe. Don’t let willful sins rule over me.

— Free me from the evil of sin.

— May my words and my thoughts be an offering of praise to you.

— Praise you that I know you – my refuge and my redeemer.

May We Pray for You?

Maywood Baptist Church has a prayer team. We are happy to pray for any request you may give us. Please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. I will pray for you and ask the prayer team to pray, too.

2 Comments

  1. When I read passages that focus on creation – what we see, feel and experience – I can’t help but be amazed at how our God created us to enjoy all He has made! Not only did He give us all of nature, but He created us with sight, sound, touch, smell, taste to enjoy it all. It is no error, no coincidence, no big-bang-phenomenon that God who created all, set within us the ability to enjoy it all, and to be drawn to Him through it. Even if we lack one of the senses, He makes the others more intense for His glory.

    And thus, being drawn to Him through His creation, we clearly see how small we are, how frail, how weak, how vulnerable. As His children then, in our weakness, our vulnerability, we are drawn to His Word, His instruction, His guidance, His perfection. We seek His approval, His cleansing, His righteousness and justification….His salvation.

    How sad, how bleak the one who sees the beauty of the earth and has no One to thank for it! Who has no idea that the Power behind the creation is waiting to give them more than just warm feelings while watching a sunset. He can literally fix their life!

    The Psalm ends with a beautiful “VBS verse” – for those blessed to be raised in church – I cannot read it in my NLT version without reciting it in the King James as I learned it. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” Amen.

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  2. Thanks Denise for your comment. We all need to put down our phones and join you in looking at what God has made. It will lift us up to his glory. I am using the Good News Bible in these posts. It reads easier than other translations. However, in some instances it loses the majesty of the KJV. Have a blessed day.

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