What a great week to study Psalm 19! My friend, Crystal, did an amazing job today leading our group through this amazing Psalm.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of your hands. ?????
Biggest take always from studying Psalm 19:
1. The skies, nature and all the earth are works of God’s mighty hands. The glory of God is displayed in so many amazing ways. Psalm 19 is full of symbolism and awe inspiring truth: creation is God’s invisible nature and characteristics, His eternal power and divinity, are clearly seen in and through what has been made. (Romans 1:19-20)
Psalm 115:6 reminds us that the earth was a gift to us by God. A gift. Enjoy it.
Take a moment to stop, look around and smell some roses or grass or trees or squirrels today. ?
2. The law of the Lord is perfect, rejuvenating, trustworthy, radiant, pure, firm, righteous, and the giver of joy. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh= Jesus. (John 1:1, 14)
When reading this Psalm insert Jesus wherever law, statutes, precepts, commands and decrees are written… how does it change your perspective?
In Psalm 119:24 the psalmist says “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselor.” Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be called wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
We have Our Winderful Counselor, by His Holy Spirit, all the time. Go to Him.
3. There are 3 Heavens in scripture. In this Psalm, “heavens” is mentioned twice (verse 1 and 4). In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Paul mentions a third heaven where he was shown paradise and heard inexpressible things.
The first heaven is the sky, our atmosphere, in which our human eyes can see; where birds fly and clouds float.
The second heaven is the celestial heaven or outer space. This is where the moon, stars and sun can be found.
The third heaven is God’s house, paradise. God cannot be placed in a geographic location, but His place of residence is way above our understanding and knowledge.
How does knowing about the three heavens change the way you read this Psalm?
4. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. Proverbs 6:22-23 (msg) says “the fear of the Lord means hating Evil, whose ways I hate with a passion. Pride and arrogance and crooked talk. Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics.
As followers of Jesus we are called to love people but hate the sin. So much of what is happening in our culture stems from pride, arrogance, self righteousness and crooked talk. If we seek our Wonderful Counselor, we receive good counsel and common sense which create your character.
Character is who you are when no one is looking. Character defines you. What’s going to come out of you when there’s pressure?
David says, in verse 10, that God’s Word is more precious than honey than much pure gold. Honey is natural. Gold is beautiful. Both are privileges. God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
Act Justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with our God.
Post a picture in the comments of the most beautiful, breath taking view of nature that you have ever seen. Did it speak to you of God? How?