Psalm 19

Psalm 19

There is no more fundamental question than “Who is God?”

But how do you know who God is?

Psalm 19 shows us how both the skies and the scriptures invite us to know and enjoy God.

Read Psalm 19 slowly.

Use the “COMA questions for Hebrew wisdom literature and poetry” from David Helm’s book One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian. See last’s week’s post for a link to these questions.

Read Psalm 19 a second time and ask: What does this Psalm teach me about:

  • Who God is?
  • Who we are?
  • Who Jesus is and what he has done? (i.e., how does the Gospel relate to this passage?)

Read Psalm 19 a third time: look for four things:*

  • A light bulb: anything that shines out in the passage and draws attention; it can be something important, or something that particularly strikes you.
  • A question mark: anything that is hard to understand; something that you would like to be able to ask the author about.
  • An arrow: anything that applies to your life.
  • A Heart: identify the central idea of the passage (What’s the main point of the text?).

*This reading strategy also comes from David Helm’s book One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian. See chapter 8.

Readings for Reflection: You may also look for a light bulb, a question mark, and an arrow in these thoughts.

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed.”

G.M. Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur,” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173660 (accessed 8/13/13).

 

“The message of creation is this: there is a great God of glory and power and generosity behind all this awesome universe; you belong to him; he is patient with you in sustaining your rebellious life; turn and bank your hope on him and delight yourself in him, not his handiwork. Day pours forth the ‘speech’ of that message to all that will listen in the day, speaking with blindingly bright sun and blue sky and clouds and untold shapes and colors of all things visible. Night pours forth the ‘knowledge’ of the same message to all who will listen at night, speaking with great dark voids and summer moons and countless stars and strange sounds and cool breezes and northern lights. Day and night are saying one thing: God is glorious! God is glorious! God is glorious!.”

J. Piper, The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God, 86.

“I would define the glory of God as the beauty, majesty, and greatness of who he is, and therefore in all he does, whether in salvation or in judgment, the greatness of his being is demonstrated.”

T, Schriener, Galatians, ZECNT, 78.

 

Sermon Review

Text: Psalm 19
Main Point of the Text (MPT): Praise the God Who Has Revealed Himself to Us through His Creation and His Word.
Main Point of the Sermon (MPS): God Invites You to Know & Enjoy Him Forever.
Basic Outline:

  • The Beauty & Power of God’s Creation Invite You to Know & Enjoy God (19:1-6).
  • The Beauty & Power of God’s Word Invite You to Know & Enjoy God (19:7-11)
  • Will You Turn & Bank Your Hope on God & Delight Yourself in Him (19:12-14)