Meditations on Psalm 19 Part 1

Meditations on Psalm 19 Part 1

Praise you, Lord, that you are the God of communication, that you have laid out before all mankind the message of your being and your being the creator.  As it says in Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” [Even in its fallen state, creation shouts out that there is a good and wise Creator. Anyone looking at the way things are has to see that they are made, they are not the result of chance. The beauty, the complexity, the rhythms of life, the power—all speak of a creator.

Psa 19:2  “Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” [We are constantly surrounded with the message: “There is a Creator: He is wise and wonderful!”]

Psa 19:3,4  “There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” [I think of my Eskimo friend who grew up in shamanism on the Eastern shore of Siberia. Looking at the beauty of the mountains, sea and animals, he came to the conclusion that the demons they worshiped, who did such ugly things, could never have created all this beauty. “There must be a good creator God,” he thought. And when he met a believer on St Lawrence Island, he was ready to  believe. He heard the message and understood it.]

Psa 19:5,6 “In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.”  [So You, Lord, provide for us through the sun all the energy, food, light and heat that we need. You, O Lord, in your wisdom, grace, goodness and power made the sun, and it speaks to us of your provision and love.

So why do so many not believe? They have the veil over their faces, put there by sin, held there by the enemy. Only as we turn to you is it taken away. Praise be to you, Lord, that you call all to turn, even though you know that all will not accept. You are the God of undying, unending goodness, supremely, positively good. In spite of what we are, you are good to us–because it is your nature: you are Love, you are Light, you are Life, and you will go on being these things no matter what those around you do.

I praise you for your goodness, for your righteousness, for your holiness, for your loveliness. I praise you that you have caused your face to shine upon us, that you in your great love have equipped us, that you protect us, that you call us to partnership with you in the great plans you have for the conclusion of the world, for the sweeping of many into your Kingdom, and for the ending of evil in the universe.

You are worthy of all worship, you are supremely worthy of honor, glory, praise, exaltation and obedience. I bow before you this morning, Lord, I rise up before you to give you glory and honor and praise today by walking in the light of your Word, living a life worthy of you, doing what I know pleases you.]

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