Published December 18, 2008
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan 4
If you had to live your life over again what would you do differently? Would you make the same decisions that you made in the past?
I think that most of us would probably change a thing or two if we could start over again.
When we were children, we had the chance to start over every new school year. We had a new teacher, new subjects, and new friends. We had the opportunity to improve and learn from our past mistakes. Oh, if only the adult life was like that!
Now, depending on how we “blow it,” the repercussions of our mistakes stay with us. But, thanks be to God that we can start anew when it comes to the bondage of sin. When we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord, we can have forgiveness through God who forgives and forgets our past sin.
We are reminded of this in Psalm 19. C.S. Lewis once described this passage of scripture as “… the greatest poem in The Psalms and one of the greatest lyrics in the world”
(Be Worshipful, Warren Wiersbe, p. 77). There is a reason that Lewis felt this way. This passage is a powerful reminder of the wonder of God’s creation, and the strength of His Word.
The wonder of God’s creation - Psalm 19:1-6
Verse 1 tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God: the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” When one reads this, they are reminded of God’s existence and power. Paul says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
This is the meaning of “glory” in Psalm 19. This is a revelation of the existence of God and the power of God so great that it would be impossible for human beings not to recognize that the author is our divine Creator. Because of this, we should thank Him for bringing them into existence and to worship Him.
Verses 2-3 remind the reader that God’s revelation through His creation is continuous. The skies and the earth are constant reminders of God’s creation.
We can look out every night at the stars and every day at the sky and be reminded about His glory. There is never a day that the heavens are not testifying about God.
Verses 4-6 remind us the sun is a crowning achievement of God’s creation. David describes the sun as God’s handiwork that showcases His glory. But it is more than that. David also describes the sun in this way: “Nothing is hidden from its heat” (verse 6 NIV). Just like nothing escapes from the sun’s heat, the Word of God warms and gives life to those who are exposed to it.
The strength of His Word - Psalm 19:7-11
Next the author reminds us of the absolute importance of God’s Word for our lives. It exposes to the follower of Christ the revealing power of the Word of God.
By using the word “perfect” in verse seven, the author reminds us that God’s Word is complete, sound, and whole.
God has given us everything in His Word necessary for our salvation. This gives wisdom to all, even the simple.
Verse eight shows us that God is telling the truth in His testimony concerning Himself. We can trust the words of the Lord for they are dependable. His words are right and bright.
They transmit the light of God to our souls. The apostle Paul tells us in Eph. 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
In verse nine, the psalmist states that “the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” When God reveals His will, it is a fearful and awesome experience! It is fearful because of our sinfulness but awesome because He is forever. We are reminded of our need for Him and our own inadequacies.
In verses 10 and 11, we are told of the true value of God’s Word. It is more precious than the most valuable items on earth and is our delight. Have you read it today?
Intercession - Psalm 19:12-14
We have just shared in the previous verses the wonderful treasure that is God’s Word. However, now we are told of the tremendous burden and disaster our own sin is in our lives. Because of the horrible impact of sin and the deceit of the devil, the Word of God does not naturally become the joy that it should be in our lives.
In verse 12 the Psalmist beseeched the Lord to help us understand the horror of sin in our own lives and to forgive us for our hidden faults.
In verse 13 the writer asks that God continue to give victory in the believer’s life. Through this victory, he or she will be cleansed and protected and able to live the new life that is available through a relationship with our Lord.
The word “blameless” is best translated “whole or complete.” It is the perfect picture of our new relationship with Christ (Rom. 8:1). The final fulfillment of this relationship is when we finally stand before our Lord.
Verse 14 is one of the greatest short prayers of the Bible. How can someone pray these words? The key is found in the previous verses. It is the Word of God that is acceptable to God.
When the believer has been convicted, cleansed, and instructed by the Word of God, that person can then stand before the Lord. God’s desire for us is that we know Him, worship Him, love Him, and obey Him. Have you gained this fresh perspective in your walk with the Lord?
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