Today is a bit of a different day. It has been good, but just different. This morning I read K-loves verse of the day out of Psalm 19, so I started my Bible study there. The Psalm has titled ‘The Law of the Lord is Perfect’ and David is credited with writing it. Well, that is where my focus stayed this morning.
Any of you that know me know that I love photography and much of that is of God’s creation and of that piece most are of the rising sun. Pat and I live on a hill with an unobstructed view of the eastern sky. Lexington is on the horizon, and I often take photos through a small gate that is between some trees. I cannot imagine how anyone can look at the sunrise and not know that God created it.
As I read verses 1-3, I was filled with peace and contentment in the tie between creation and God’s Word. If you can just take a moment to soak in God’s creation, you cannot miss seeing Him or hear his Words. Just these first three verses fill my heart with joy in knowing Him.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard. Psalms 19:1-3 (ESV)
I am awestruck by how the Lord shows Himself in His creation. I like what Paul says in Roman’s 1
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)
I read this passage and cannot help but be puzzled by how long it took me to see God. How long I looked at creation and only saw the surface. I am thankful that God turned my head because as I read a bit further in the text I see myself even more.
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Romans 1:21-23 (ESV)
That was the old me. I give thanks for God’s grace. I give thanks for His gift of repentance and I I am beyond words when I think of Jesus giving His life to pay my debt of sin and rebellion. Through all this, I have been saved, and God has given me a thirst for His Word that I might seek Him.
I read verse 4-9, and I see Jesus, and I see the His righteousness, strength, and power. His Word “revives my soul.”
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
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.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean,
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
Reading this why would I not desperately desire the Word of God printed on my heart.
Just look at the next verses. What is more precious than God’s Word. What worldly thing can truly sustain us? In my mind… nothing!
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
I think of this passage, and I see a gift that cannot be valued by the world. There is no metric that can contain it. Nothing compares to God and His Holy Word and no one can see into my heart like God.
Then I get to verse 12, and I see God’s council and grace.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
He is my protector and my fortress. In the Lord is my refuge. He will show me in His Wordwise council IF I seek Him. I am humbled by His grace and mercy as well as His love and discipline.
What can I do in my strength but rebel? My only hope is in trusting God.
This last verse is part of my daily prayer.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer
I can pray for a multitude of things. But my greatest desire is to be in step with my Lord. That the Words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in His sight.
I know I fall short every day, but I know that if I will humble myself and repent God will forgive me. And The Holy Spirit in me helps me if I will listen and when my pride takes over He shows it to me and reminds me of the words in verse 14, and that is humbling.
Thank you, Father, for this morning time with you. Thank you for the strength and understanding your word reveals to me daily.
I thank you for your Word.
In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!