An Exposition of Psalm 19, Part One. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”. [2] Allen Ross, A Commentary on the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2011), 467–8. A David Psalm God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Three stanzas consisting of seven quatrains (two lines; 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14). ( Log Out /  I Prayed for Them Instead, Why Finding Your Own Personal Jesus Is Worth The Trip, Looking for God in a World of Hatred and Anger, How The Book of Proverbs Helps Me Manage My Anger, Take Control of Your Life With Tarot Cards, Law (tòrâ): the comprehensive term for God’s revealed will, an individual teaching, the law given at Sinai or all of Scripture, Testimony (‘ēdût): its aspect as truth attested by God himself, the laws and commandments that make up the covenant God made with Israel, Precepts: the precision and authority with which God addresses us, Commandment: a reference to the entire law with all its commandments and provisions, Fear: the human response fostered by his word, reverential awe in the believer, Ordinances: the judicial decisions he has recorded about various human situations. In verse three makes the point that the heavenly witnesses seem to be silent, but their testimony is heard continuously. John Howard Yoder: A Faithful Teacher in the Church, Making the penultimate too important often leads to violence, 1. No to the War), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (10. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. Psalm 19 is about words. These commands (also called “law,” “testimony,” “ordinances” and “precepts” here) are the occasion for human enjoyment of life, growth into wholeness, even enlightenment. (3) From Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism to Mennonite Church U.S.A. (4) Civilian Public Service and Mennonite Pacifism, (5) Anabaptist Faith and American Democracy, An Anabaptist Vision for the 21st Century—Some Propositions, Grief and critique: A pacifist’s reflections after September 11, 2001. EXPOSITION. [6] The act of creating everything by His own will and through His own command reveals his power; all aspects of creation reveal his wisdom; and the beauty of all creation reveals the beauty of God. Using the the above commentary, make a "chart" defining the expressions used in Psalms 19 and 119 to describe the Word of God. Yes. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Habakkuk), 08. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. Or, their lines, the singular number being put for the plural, that is, their writing, made up of several lines. psalms’ as opposed to some more generic type of ‘wisdom hymns’. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Micah), 06. Psalm 2 is considered to be a ‘royal psalm’ or an 'enthronement psalm.' One reason the word is a greater revelation than creation is that it tells us much more about God. Reflections of the Psalms – Psalm 19. b. Reflections on Music, Worship, and Spiritual Formation, I’m Transgender, and Evangelicals Tried to Pray for Me. Then, the psalmist turns to God’s creative work with human beings who trust in God’s commands. Salvation in the Prophets, Salvation in Jesus: Mercy not Retribution, 08. The commands of God are even better. They also protect those who listen from being dominated by “presumptuous sins” (19:13). 1-6). Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Being Revealed? Begin devotionally reading Psalm 119, 8 verses a day, in the NIV Bible. No, this is what the commands do: revive the soul, bring wisdom to the simple, rejoice the heart, enlighten the eyes and endure forever. ii. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. So, the first purpose of the commands is to bring God’s people joy. Furthermore, the things which are bad for you seem to be everywhere and are readily available, while the things which are good for you are not as easy to come across and have seem to cost you more. and the mountains topple. Friendship as spiritual encouragement, 16. Richard and Linda Thompson—POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER, 81. Really, you say? He is good to us, and his love never fails. He may allow COVID-19 to touch our families, our church, and our communities. Psalm 19 continues on this theme — and once more challenges our traditional understandings about the Old Testament portrayal of God. Pingback: Bible Studies on the Old Testament God « Peace Theology. b. Believers must pray for preservation from presumptuous sins (13). The things which are bad for you spiritually, which are bad for your so… Just having a day and night by simple planet movements should have most in awe and amazement for what God has done. After considering His creation, David then thought about the way that God deals with His people. When I first learned that David may not have written it, I was disappointed. “We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” In Reflections on the Psalms, C. S. Lewis examines the mysterious and beloved Psalms to reveal the timeless meaning behind these ancient and cherished verses. Like Like. Psalm 46 (CSB) . ra—God's law. Whenever I read the beginning of Psalm 19 I hear a sense of the joy of creation and the echoes of people who have shared their feeling of closeness to God in nature; whether it be in the mountains, or the bush or by the sea. 1 God is our refuge and strength, . Their line — Their admirable structure, made with great exactness, and, as it were, by rule or line, as the word קו, kav, here used, generally signifies. (2.18.07), (07) Humanness: A Blessing or a Curse? Psalm 19:1-6 (ID: 3239) "Nature is my church" is a popular expression, but is it consistent with what the Bible teaches about God, creation, and ourselves? If you were in the psalmist’s immediate audience, these may be fine gold and the drippings of the honeycomb. Response to Divine Revelation: The proper response to divine revelation is the confession of sin and the desire to be accepted by God (12–14). "Look at the sky," the psalmist says. How can there be a place of punishment? 1. Although the natural revelation proclaims the power and majesty of God, it cannot communicate the details as the specific revelation. ... Want Daily Reflection Notifications? The psalm tells of nature’s praise of God the Creator (vv. Anchoring God’s community amid an empire (Ezra 6:13-22; 8:21-23; 8:24-30), 5. David admits his sins (which are not named in the psalm) but anyone can read 2 Samuel 11-12 to learn more. God does not give us the commands just so that we might realize what worms we are. Psalm Reflections Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Psalm 19 Scholarly studies on the psalms sometimes express the idea that Psalm 19 originally existed as two separate psalms — a ‘hymn’ to God as creator (vv1–6) and a ‘wisdom psalm’ (vv 7–14). It also affirms trust in God the Forgiver (v. 12) and rock-solid Redeemer (v. 14). David prayeth for grace, Psalms 19:12-14. Our sky and the contents of outer space show us what God has done (vs. 1). In life we are often battered by disappointment, stress, bereavement, fear and illness. The firmament and heavens, personified as hymnists, proclaim that God’s government over them shows his glory and knowledge, which encourages covenant people to submit to I AM’s government of society through the Torah. He suggests: “You need to read this real slow and have an instrumental version of Fields of Gold playing in the background. Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next. Psalms 19:7. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Zephaniah), 07. THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD. This psalm may be used in worship services focusing on themes of creation, divine instruction, and humble piety; an act of preparation for prayer, for hearing God’s Word, or for worship itself. [4] C. Richard Wells and Ray Van Neste, Forgotten Songs: Reclaiming the Psalms for Christian Worship (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group), 12. But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Commentary on Psalm 19:1-6. “It seems that there is a general rule in the moral universe which may be formulated, 'The higher, the more in danger'. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. The commands are for the sake of our joy, but they also are to protect us from transgressions. [Published in Mennonite Weekly Review, 9/27/10]. Great summary of David’s prayer in Psalm 19. If you've ever been on a diet you know that the things which are best for you have a tendency to taste the worst and the things which are bad for you have a tendency to taste the best. [8] However, in 19:4a, the heavenly revelation continues throughout the whole earth, the “words” reaching to the end of the inhabited world. . The creatures show God's glory, Psalms 19:1-6. 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. After expressing natural and the specific revelation, the psalmist reflects on himself in relation to God and his revelation. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. I think the imagery in verse 5 is saying that natural revelation is dominating and powerful. Father, Thank you for today. In Psalm 19 verses 1-6, we are reminded of God’s wonderful creation. We speak to God on the right side of the diagram. David responds with an acknowledgment of his way and a prayer for cleansing from sins and preservation from sinfulness.[12]. Theology, Retribution, and the Ways of Peace, 14. in times of trouble. Still she was there. At the heart of Psalm 89 is the question of faithfulness.1 More particularly, the question centers on the faithfulness of God. The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. Here in this Psalm we discover how to access God’s Hiding Place for us. Robert Earl Keen—A BIGGER PIECE OF SKY, Agnostic, Atheist Votes Matter in November. There is no compelling evidence to date the composition in the post-exilic period, but it might have been composed earlier. Reflections on Psalms 19 Psalms 19 (Contemporary English Version) (A psalm by David for the music leader.) Notice that it's night. our small group asks us at the beginning of each meeting. I don't think I have ever answered by quoting the first verses of Psalm 19, but I may remember to next time. It is divided into three parts: the revelation of creation, the revelation of God’s law, and a prayer for cleansing and preservation from sin. "In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 18 in a slightly different numbering system. THE nineteenth psalm is one of meditative praise. We are given a picture of the good life to pull us toward God. He knows what he did wrong, admits it to God, and pleads with God to wash him clean. psalm 24 Witnessing to the preciousness of life, 09. False worship, authentic worship (Isa 29:9-16; 65:17-25), 3. It starts with a declaration on our part, along with the psalmist, to make God "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." . God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome! Psalm 13:3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Psalm 119:98-100,105,130 Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms. [5] Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 215. This shows that the psalmist continues to use personification, standing for the sun as a vigorous bridegroom. Because of difference in style and content in the first and second sections, many scholars claim that they were originally individual compositions. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (1 Isaiah), 04. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Ezekiel), 12. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Hosea), 03. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19 describes The communication process between God and man. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Servanthood), 9. The book of the creatures, in which we may … Reflection on Psalm 19 By: Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey The glory of creation is celebrated in this psalm. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1958) p. 63. Introduction), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (02. Worship and the prophetic vocation (Isaiah 6:1-8; 12:1-6), 2. ii. Watch Queue Queue The psalm then does conclude with the other side. Change ). [7] Natural revelation is without words and is universal, being unrestricted by the division of languages. The Theological Roots of Violence Against Children, 15. 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