"Is the commandment thus holy, just, and good? "Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Jus in bello), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (04. The Latin version begins "Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei". ... Want Daily Reflection Notifications? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Our prayer is a response to His word, His special revelation. (John 15:14) The fear of the Lord is in opposition to all false ways of reverencing (or not reverencing) Him. . (2) Whither 21st Century Anabaptist Theology? As a response, believers realize their sinfulness, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and live as worshipers. Allen Ross articulates that “the sun may be compares to a mighty man rising in the morning from a bridal chamber; but contrary to pagan myth it is still the sun, and the language is poetic. Healing Justice: The Prophet Amos and a “New” Theology of Justice, 05. The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’. The firmament and heavens, personified as hymnists, proclaim that God’s government over them shows his glory and knowledge, which encourages covenant people to submit to I AM’s government of society through the Torah. Anchoring God’s community amid an empire (Ezra 6:13-22; 8:21-23; 8:24-30), 5. A David Psalm God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. ra —God’s law—which is, after all, a collection of words. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”. Watch Queue Queue Literal: The statutes (Word of God) are perfect. 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. It reveals Him as the covenant God of love, as reflected in the structure of this psalm. Theology, Retribution, and the Ways of Peace, 14. Many phrases are repeated, using different words to convey similar 10 C.S. ... COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming: Are We Ready for Ethical, Equitable Distribution? Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. These psalms (like Psalms 20, 21, 72 and 110) focus on the kings of Israel in the dynastic line of David as God’s appointed representative of his reign on earth. Servanthood), 9. There is no compelling evidence to date the composition in the post-exilic period, but it might have been composed earlier. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Jeremiah, 2), 10. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and Haydn expressed their delight with this Psalm through now well-known musical settings of its text. [4] C. Richard Wells and Ray Van Neste, Forgotten Songs: Reclaiming the Psalms for Christian Worship (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group), 12. 12. Enter your email to receive notifications of new Daily Reflection Posts. We have a gift in Psalm 19. An Exposition of Psalm 19, Part One. Psalm 19:7-10 simply repeats itself, over and over celebrating the life-giving message of God’s words given to humanity. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Habakkuk), 08. Lewis declared Psalm 19 the treasure trove of the Psalter: “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” 1 Overview of the Psalm Psalm 19 contains a series of subtle, contrasting, both-and-statements, or dyads. Posted on: September 1st, 2013. Begin devotionally reading Psalm 119, 8 verses a day, in the NIV Bible. It is about the protection that is ours when we live "in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 19:9b enduring forever; The fear of the Lord is perpetual. Yes. ( Log Out /  Begin memorizing Psalm 19: 7-11, and learn the Icons. [Published in Mennonite Weekly Review, 9/27/10]. The Latin version begins "Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei". There are two excellent books which the great God has published for the instruction and edification of the children of men; this psalm treats of them both, and recommends them both to our diligent study. Reflection on Psalm 19 By: Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey The glory of creation is celebrated in this psalm. I. If you were in the psalmist’s immediate audience, these may be fine gold and the drippings of the honeycomb. I think the imagery in verse 5 is saying that natural revelation is dominating and powerful. Still she was there. I didn’t know this when I moved to Ohio: Cleveland is almost as wet as Seattle. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Amos), 02. Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Being Revealed? [7] Natural revelation is without words and is universal, being unrestricted by the division of languages. God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome! . Wrestling with the Bible and its interpreters, 15. Traditionally, the Psalm has been ascribed to David, but, some scholars believe the Psalm was written later (verse 19’s petition to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem would be out of place if written by David). Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Bob Garvey “Mindy” waits tables in a local “breakfast stop.” She works energetically, smiles at customers, and helps create a pleasant environment for those she serves. First, we read of all creation showing God’s glory. In Psalm 19:1-6, God is referred to as El - the most generic word for God in the Hebrew language (even more generic than the commonly used Elohim). Grieving unfaithfulness for mercy’s sake (Neh 8:13-18; 19:2-10, 30-36), 6. In the ancient world, the pagans worshipped the sun god, called either Shamash or Shamshu. Whenever I read the beginning of Psalm 19 I hear a sense of the joy of creation and the echoes of people who have shared their feeling of closeness to God in nature; whether it be in the mountains, or the bush or by the sea. [9] The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 215. Everyone the LORD has rescued from trouble should praise him, everyone he has brought from the east and the west, the north and the south. So, when we move on to the words about the Law, we are prepared to recognize in the lawgiver the possibilities of joy more than judgment, healing more than condemning, creativity more than legalism. One reason the word is a greater revelation than creation is that it tells us much more about God. Psalm 19:9c the ordinances of the Lord are reliable Saturday, December 19, 2020 – You Will Conceive. This song very distinctly divides itself into three parts, very well described by the translators in the ordinary heading of our version. Alejandro Escovedo—A MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 56. psalm 20 praise to god for christ’s exaltation after his passion. God is not setting humanity up for failure. In his Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. However, this section has more than a poetic description. Friendship as spiritual encouragement, 16. Then we are reminded of the dangers of turning from the commands. In life we are often battered by disappointment, stress, bereavement, fear and illness. Judaism recites the words of this Psalm at Shabbat and Yom Tov. The Theological Roots of Violence Against Children, 15. We see the moon and the stars and the sun. Jesus’ Death and the Powers: Political Authoritarianism (Empire), 13. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1958) p. 63. [7] The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary, (Grand Rapids, MI, 2010), 358. Psalms 19:8. Just having a day and night by simple planet movements should have most in awe and amazement for what God has done. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Zechariah), 13. When we look at the magnificence of the … In them hath he … The Babylonian god Shamash is called the “bridegroom.” In response, the psalmist draws attention to expression against the pagan myth. 3 reflections on Psalm 19 by Peter Lockhart. though the earth trembles. Crash Test Dummies—THE GHOSTS THAT HAUNT ME, 98. But only because His good and sovereign hand has allowed it. Creedence Clearwater Revivial—WILLY AND THE POORBOYS, 97. [8] However, in 19:4a, the heavenly revelation continues throughout the whole earth, the “words” reaching to the end of the inhabited world. Notice that it's night. Then, the psalmist turns to God’s creative work with human beings who trust in God’s commands. God’s Glory in Creation and the Law. "Look at the sky," the psalmist says. The commands are for the sake of our joy, but they also are to protect us from transgressions. “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world,” C. S. Lewis, “Haydn’s Creation suggests the power this psalm can still express in a work of music.”. Salvation in the Prophets, Salvation in Jesus: Mercy not Retribution, 08. He may allow COVID-19 to touch our families, our church, and our communities. This psalm may be used in worship services focusing on themes of creation, divine instruction, and humble piety; an act of preparation for prayer, for hearing God’s Word, or for worship itself. Psalm 19 is about words. To the leader. The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim his wisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are left without excuse. Their line — Their admirable structure, made with great exactness, and, as it were, by rule or line, as the word קו, kav, here used, generally signifies. This psalm begins by celebrating the universe which God has created (vv. These sons of Korah were Levites, who were involved in the musical aspect of the temple worship (2 Chronicles 20:19).The term ‘Selah’ which occurs at … God is not setting humanity up for failure. [6] The act of creating everything by His own will and through His own command reveals his power; all aspects of creation reveal his wisdom; and the beauty of all creation reveals the beauty of God. ― C.S. One may assume that these and other details in the two passages led the compiler’s decision to place Psalm 19 after Psalm 18. ( Log Out /  The book of the creatures, in which we may … 1 God is our refuge and strength, . Making wise the simple. In addition, the value of revelation calls for a response and the highlight of this psalm extends to the psalmist’s response. Introduction: An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness, 3. Restoring Wholeness: The Alternative to Vengeance, Rethinking God, Justice, and Treatment of Offenders, Against Empire: A Yoderian Reading of Romans, MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE: The Bible’s Salvation Story, 10. Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next. A reflection on Psalm 19 for the 3rd Sunday in Lent A reflection based on Psalm 19. c. Believers must always pray that their words and thought be acceptable to the LORD (14). This warning is crucial. Trust: The foundation for spirituality, Reflections on sin: Brokenness in the world [Romans 1:18-23], (01) Reading the Bible with Pacifist Eyes, (04) Retribution and Mercy—Genesis 6–9; 18–19, (06) In and Out of Egypt—Genesis 37–50; Exodus 1–15, (08) The Conquest: God’s Dark Side?—Joshua 1–11, (10) Israel, Kingship, and Violence—I Samuel 8; Deuteronomy 17, (11) King David and the Ambiguities of Power—2 Samuel 12:1-14, (12) King Solomon and Temple Politics—1 Kings 1–9, (13) The Battle with Baal—1 Kings 21:1-29, (14) The Prophetic Faith—Amos 5:14-24; Hosea 11:1-9, (15) Sometimes Repentance Isn’t Enough—2 Kings 22:1-13, (16) Israel’s Fall and Its Hope—Jeremiah 8:18-22; Isaiah 43:1-7. No matter how foolish, how childlike, we may be to begin with, so long as our minds are free from gunning and craftiness, and as are simple and sincere, this Book will make us truly wise. Psalm 2 is considered to be a ‘royal psalm’ or an 'enthronement psalm.' God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome! Slaid Cleaves—EVERYTHING YOU LOVE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY, 86. The material in verses 7–11 emphasizes the law.[10]. 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. Psalm 46 A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Reflections on Music, Worship, and Spiritual Formation, I’m Transgender, and Evangelicals Tried to Pray for Me. Jesus’ Death and the Powers: Religious Exclusivism (The Temple), 8. Scripture: Psalms 19:1-14. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Father, Thank you for today. (4.29.07), (08) Salvation: Healing Our Damage (5.27.07), (10) Evoking the Presence of God (10.7.07), (11) Bless All the Families of the Earth (11.4.07), John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct (1992 Elkhart Truth articles), John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Introductory article, John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Part Five, John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Part Four, John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Part One, John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Part Three, John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct—Part Two, 02. False worship, authentic worship (Isa 29:9-16; 65:17-25), 3. a helper who is always found. But we shall then know that these are the same thing. The first six verses of Psalm 19 are remarkable in themselves, but David didn’t stop there. Today, many people do not understand how God can be a God of love and a God of law at the same time. It follows, "then shall I be upright;" so that the man in whom gross or presumptuous sins or sins have no dominion , … enlightening. We could say, in light of other emphases we have seen in the Old Testament, that it is as joyous people that God’s people best serve as a channel for God’s blessing meant for all the families of the Earth. PSALM 19:1-6. Specific Revelation: The word of the LORD is most desirable because it not only reveals God’s will but also transforms the lives of people (7–11), In 19:7, language, style and content abruptly change from the revelation of God’s creation to the value of the word of the LORD. Think of the things that bring you the most joy. When we don’t trust in God’s commands, we will trust in idols. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Micah), 06. When I first learned that David may not have written it, I was disappointed. Allen Ross mentions that, “The careful contemplation of the revelation of the LORD in creation and scripture will inspire greater adoration and renewed spiritual commitment in the believer. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. A psalm (mizmor, a song sung to the pizzicato of a stringed instrument) of praise and petition, Characterized as it is by parallelism, terseness, and heightened style, including manifold figures of speech (metaphors, metonymies, personification, etc.). 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. He suggests: “You need to read this real slow and have an instrumental version of Fields of Gold playing in the background. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. [1] In Mesopotamian religion, Shamash refers the god of sun, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Shamash. 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