Psalm 19 (March 15, 2011)

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  [2] Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  [3] There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.  [4] 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,  [5] which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.  [6] 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.  [7] The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;  [8] the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;  [9] 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, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19 ESV)

What Creation is Saying: God is Glorious!

The Glory of God: what in the world does that mean? There are several definitions that are adequate, but I have distilled them all down into this sentence and I think it profitable of you to write it down, since the Scripture mentions the glory of God often. The Glory of God is the majesty or magnificence surrounding God’s revelation of Himself.

How creation glorifies God:

His “handiwork”/ creativity: God reveals Himself in creation because of his handiwork in making something out of nothing. Genesis 1: 3-8, 14-19.

[3] And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.  [6] And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” [7] And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. [8] And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. (Genesis 1:3-8 ESV)

[14] And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, [15] and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. [16] And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. [17] And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, [18] to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. [19] And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19 ESV)

Hope in the Psalms

This planet is tilted at a perfect 23 ½ degree angle toward the sun. One degree further away, and our planet would freeze, one degree closer and we would ignite into flames. When you see rain falling from the sky, remember that the state of Missouri has some 70,000 square miles and averages 38 inches of rain each year. That amount of water is equal to a lake 250 miles long, 60 miles wide and 22 feet deep. God knows what we need, and even as I type this, there is snow on the ground. Snow. On Thursday, it is supposed to be 70 degrees here. You and I both know what that snow declares to us: God is glorious, and he will decide when it’s time for it to snow, not us.

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