The heavens declare the glory of God,Â
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
Their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world…
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You,
LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Â Â Â Â Â Â Psalm 19:1-4, 14 (HCSB)
These first verses of Psalm 19 remind me of Jesus’ response when He is told by the Pharisees to tell His disciples to â€œShut up!â€ as they worship during Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem. Jesus tells the Pharisees that the â€œrocks would cry outâ€(Luke 19:37-40). In other words, creation’s praise for its Creator cannot be silenced. Even during days of great trial, God’s creation speaks in wonder, joy, and magnificence the unspeakable power that is His alone. Whether it is in rain or a bird singing on a spring day, the quiet of a winter snowfall or the crashing waves at a beach, God shows a facet of His character. Yes, even in a hurricane, earthquake or tornado I see the power that God holds in the leash of His hands. It is God, and only Him, that I would trust to control such destruction, knowing that He will be there in the aftermath to pick-up and rebuild.
The â€œmiddle versesâ€ of this psalm speaks of the commanding facets of God, His:
Law of the LORD. It is perfect and revives me with His guiding hand.
Statutes of the LORD. I can trust them to educate me in His ways, watering those seeds of wisdom.
Precepts of the LORD. God’s principles are always correct and bring joy into my heart.
Commands of the LORD. Unlike man’s laws, God’s lead to light and goodness.
Fear of the LORD. Wisdom is birthed from a holy fear of God. It is pure, not perverted.
Ordinances of the LORD. God draws me nearer in relationship with Him as I obey and follow His ways.
God’s conviction shines His light on all hidden sins in my life. And in His great mercy, He hears my cry for forgiveness and restores me to that place at His side. My sins go east as I move west into Jesus’ righteousness (Psalm 103:12).
May my life be a life of praise for all that God reveals every day. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to receive and express all that would be pleasing to my Rock and my Redeemer.
God of Wonders by Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd, Sung by Third Day