Psalm 19 (The Message)
A David Psalm
1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.
7-9 The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes.
God‘s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
down to the nth degree.
10 God’s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
better than red, ripe strawberries.
11-14 There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
Whew, this one brings a lot to mind, though it won’t be as long as last weeks I hope. First off we should be able to plainly see what the contribution and focus in worship is here. God’s creation, nature, the world, and the universe. The beauty of everything God has done. The sun, the stars, moon, sky, clouds, rain, everything. In short, God’s creativity. At the same time we can see that we as humans being formed in the very image of God, in a God-like form and spirit and brain, that it also reflects our creativity. Granted we have no where near the capacity for creativity as God does, but it is something that we all have. This is something else that we can praise God for, our creativity. Without it there would be no music, no worship, no art, no pictures, no technology, no books or literature, we would be living in barren world trying to scrounge off the land, with no tools or weapons to aid us. We would not have made it this far as a human race with out our creativity.
I want to know address verse 11-14. God’s word is just as beautiful and praise worthy as his natural creation. His word guides us, protects us, keeps us from being idiotic and allows us to know God. Without His written and spoken word, we would not be able to make the connection between nature and God. We would instead worship the creation an not the creator, just as many of the ancient civilizations did, such as Egypt and Babylon. We must thank and praise God everyday for his creation and his Word, and that they work together to allow us and give us reason to praise God.
1. I said that as humans we are made in God’s image and that creation reflects in a way our creativity. What are you creative with? What is your creative gift? And more importantly how can you use it for God?
2. In your mind what is the most beautiful part of God’s creation? Once you have this in mind, either go outside and look for it and at it or if you can’t find a picture of it. and praise God for it.
3. Re-read Psalm 19:11-14 what is the most important aspect of God’s word to you?
4. How has this passage and study helped you to better worship God?
Please comment, or write back your responses to the questions if you wish.