Psalm 19: Glory!

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Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

White Vein-Take 2 | Hawaii | March 2022

My grandmother lived by herself far out in the country. As she got older she also got less skilled in her driving. That didn’t stop her from going into the nearby small town for groceries and other errands. She would get behind the wheel of her 1955 Buick and hit the road. One time, however, she didn’t hit the road, or the bridge over Crooked Creek. She drove off the bridge and the car rolled into the creek. The windshield shattered in thousands of pieces, yet held in place because it was safety glass.

She was knocked unconscious. And when she came to, the sun was streaking through the prisms of the shattered windshield. The sight must have been amazing, for when she told us about it she said, “When I woke up and saw it, Law I thought I was in glory!” I think “Law” was a way of not using the Lord’s name in vain while expressing the significance of a thing.

What a wonderful way to look at things: to catch a glimpse of glory. But it doesn’t take a shattered windshield to catch a glimpse of glory. Venture outside on a cold winter night, far from the city’s light pollution, and look at the starry sky. You’ll see a glimpse of God’s glory. The heavens declare it according to this psalm.

The heavens bear witness to the creative glory of God. Who could create a masterpiece such as this? Only God. Who could set the stars in the sky, assign the planets their course of travel, orbits, and rotations? Only God. Who could number the stars? Only God. And he has done all these things.

God’s “invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they (and we) are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). He claims exclusive rights to all of creation and has the last say in judging good and evil. God challenges Job and us:

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
    or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
    or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
    Can you establish their rule on the earth? -Job 38:4-7, 31-33

As David says in Psalm 8:3-5

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

The heavens declare the glory of God. Will we echo their songs of glory and praise?

1 comment
  1. I love hearing God talk to us this way!!! It is so strong and direct! Fatherly! I feel the need to just bow, kneel or even prostrate before him. Yes, I see his declarations of glory in all these works of his hands as well as in his glory in the touches into our lives, the very ones of humanity which he also created and over which he resides.

    I truly appreciate this post and the compilation of scriptures… amazingly, these are three of my very, very favorite in all the Old Testament. I love how they speak of his strength and kindness in providing such for humanity – yes… that HE is mindful of us…man. Who could NOT trust in this God??? It just makes me smile.

    God’s Blessings!
    Sondra

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