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November 21

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming from his home; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat. 7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. 10 They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. 11 In addition, your servant is warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward. 12 Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. 13 Moreover, keep your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule me. Then I will be blameless and cleansed from blatant rebellion. 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. — Psalm 19

The Witness of Creation and Scripture

by Ben Cairns

What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen in creation? What feelings came up when you saw it? A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend time at my dad’s. My dad lives on the bluff of Lookout Mountain. My favorite part of his house is the view off his back porch. He has an incredible view of the valley below. You can see the clouds covering the valley in the morning. The quiet and calm is awesome to behold!

God is revealed through His creation. From the endless stars in the skies to the smallest ant, it all reflects His sheer power and creativity. God so intricately designed creation that it could only be explained by Him. In verses 4-6, the sun has been set on its course perfectly. If it ever were to deviate from its set course, the earth would be uninhabitable. In short, creation displays very clearly who God is.

God is not just tied to His creation. If He was, we would easily just worship the creation and forget the Creator. God is revealed through how He works in our lives personally. He refreshes us through His Word (vs. 7), and it is a Word we can rely on. In a world full of false information, it is reassuring to know we can depend on His Word to guide us.

His Word is also perfect and eternal (v. 8-9). While the words of men can carry weight, they will not last forever. God’s words and principles continually speak to our lives and to the trials we face. I take comfort in the fact that God’s Word is never outdated. No passage has ever seemed worn out. The eternal value of the Word is incredible, and it needs to be treated as such! We have unlimited access to His Word here in the West, while there are many around the world who long for a copy of the written Word of God.

God’s glory in creation and His involvement in our lives should bring about life changes. Romans 1:20—“For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” David understood his sinfulness in view of God’s glory, and he knew he needed to run to Him on a daily basis. Our Christian walk with Him is a daily journey.

Praxis

  1. How have you seen God work in your life personally?
  2. What ways or thoughts have you hidden from Him?