Psalm 19

Psalm 19

God’s Glory in Creation and the Law

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. God’s glory is also in the eyes of the worshiper. Here David found God’s glory in creation and in the law. Everybody saw stars, the moon, and the sun. However, how many people actually were able to see the glory of God in them? David was not only able to see the glory of God but also hear the praises of the heavens! Here audio and visual senses are interchangeable!

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,  which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.”

When we can see the glory of God in heavens, we can see God’s beauty in God’s laws. Usually people think the law is stern and rigid. There is nothing beautiful in God’s laws. However, David was able to see God’s glory also in God’s laws. However, here David told not only the beauty but also the taste of the laws. They are sweet! They also have practical functions. They correct the meditators. The true beauty and glory lies in the function of the laws!

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

In this poem natural beauty and moral quality go together. Only those who have clean hearts can appreciate the beauty in nature and the glory of God. In the end, it is up to the condition of our hearts. When our hearts are clean, we can see clearly who is in charge in the universe and we can tell how orderly all the universe works. Otherwise, everything is in chaos!

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my Son, Hozeh, and Daughter, Hoyon, are college students.
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