Psalm 19 (March 16, 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)

How the Creation Speaks of God’s Glory

Creation glorifies God constantly: (2) Day to day pours out speech and night to night reveals knowledge. This is a book ending technique used by the writer to say that from one morning to the next morning, creation is telling us that God is glorious, and from one night to the next night, creation is telling us God is glorious.

Creation glorifies God completely: (3-6) Though the creation doesn’t use literal words to speak of the glory of God, the creation is speaking, and no one can avoid it. Verses 3-4, 6 all the world is an audience to the majesty and magnificence of the creative hand of our God.

Hope in the Psalms

What if someone came up to you at work tomorrow and as you began to talk about the weather and the cold, etc., he said to you, “Well, what I’m really concerned about is whether the sun will rise tomorrow or not.” Would you think him strange? Of course! No one doubts the rising of the sun, do they? In the same way, no one is exempt from the witness that the sun proclaims to them that there is a God and that He is glorious!


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