Meditation on Psalm 19


November 28, 2016  (Monday)

Psalm 19


The heavens declare the glory of God

And the firmament sheweth His handiwork . . . 


Creation speaks of the creator.  We cannot see God, but we see His works.  They surround us like the sky.  We learn something of the character of God in the staggering scope and beauty and mystery of what He has made.  Look at the night sky; its endless depth and breadth; the millions of stars that bring light (we now know) from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of light years away.


Look at the morning sky and the brilliant dominance of the sun.  Look at its trail through the heavens.


From the beauty and perfection and all-encompassing-ness of creation to the moral law of God that is just as much a part of His character as His creation and every bit as real.  God’s moral law is written into the grain of the universe and it is as inescapable as the heat of the sun in the deserts of the Middle East.


What are the characteristics and effects of God’s moral law?

It is perfect, converting the soul. . .  (“reviving life” Moffat) (“pulls our lives together”  The Message)


It is the impulse of fallen humanity to run from God’s moral law.  To see it as confining and demanding and a bringer of great guilt.  It is true that we cannot keep it on our own and we see its coercive effect when Paul tells us that the law “was our schoolmaster (or “truant officer”) to bring us to Christ” Galatians 3:24

Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

and the great hymn speaks of “grace that caused my heart to fear” but this Psalm tells us something else – God’s moral law is the secret to life.  It is at the very heart of life, at the very heart of the universe.  If and when we heed and follow, there will be great reward.  We will no longer be “kicking against the goads” (Acts 9:5) but will find joy and peace and love.  We will see through the deceit of this world: the propaganda of the government and the media, the “come-ons” of the advertisers.  We will be rid of envy and jealousy and ready to inhabit the grace we’ve been given and able to strive consistently for meaningful goals.  His moral law is perfected in Jesus Christ.  Matthew 5:17

“Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

He is our guide.

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