– a closer look at Psalm 19
I’ve used scriptures from Psalm 19 on two other posts of mine. I believe this short chapter in the Old Testament is loaded with meaning we can use today. This scripture ties these three elements together into a package we can all relate to.
Before I was a Christian I believed in “science” and “evolution”. Now I know that the unjustified faith of evolution takes more faith than to believe in Creation which has ample evidence for a young earth and a single Creator. A Creator who loves us and has spelled out boundaries for us to have a fulfilled life that brings glory to God; and brings peace and freedom to us whom believe.
(Psalm 19:1-6 WEB) 1To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth the work of his hands. 2Day to day uttereth speech, and night to night showeth knowledge. 3[There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. 4Their line hath gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit to the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from his heat.
What a wonderful way to describe the Creation and the Creator. His crowning creation was mankind. Wouldn’t a Creator who created mankind and all of Creation have a vested interest in the wellbeing and health of men and women in His Creation?
(Genesis 1:26 WEB) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping animal that creepeth upon the earth.
Two important truths are revealed in this scripture.
First the plurality of the Godhead. Because scripture uses the term “US”, meaning more than one. Throughout the Bible are other passages that expand on the definition of the “Trinity”; otherwise known as the “Godhead”.
The definition I found for the “Godhead” comes from The Free Dictionary.
Godhead – terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
Almighty, Creator, Divine, God Almighty, Lord, Maker, Jehovah Blessed Trinity, Holy Trinity, Sacred Trinity, Trinity – the union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godheadhypostasis of Christ, hypostasis – any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united.
And secondly giving mankind dominion over the earth and its creatures. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and surrendered dominion over the earth to Satan.
I verified my view of this topic from the “gracethrufaith” WEB Site Satan’s Dominion and God’s Sovereignty – Grace thru Faith.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God, causing them to lose dominion over the Earth to Satan. Reversing those consequences cost God the life of His Son (Romans 8:19-21) and the Book of Revelation is partly about God’s move to repossess that which He has redeemed.
(Psalm 19:7-10 WEB) 7The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. 8The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. 10More to be desired [are they] than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.
The Law of the Old Testament is straightforward. When Jesus came along, He changed a few parts. He nullified the man-made additions the Pharisees added to the Law. Then Jesus added nuances that were not as obvious to the religious leaders. There is also a different perspective between the Old and the New Testaments. One is based on human effort and the other on Grace.
Paul’s epistles explain (at length) on the difference between Law and Grace. In his second letter to Timothy, he shows that scripture is true and practical. If every Christian would take the following two verses to heart, the church would be an unstoppable dynamo.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 WEB) 16All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
Peter also verifies the truth of Paul’s writings. He does this by pointing out the author of all scripture is the Holy Spirit. And then he testifies to the accuracy of Paul’s letters.
(2 Peter 1:20-21 WEB) 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke [as they were] moved by the Holy Spirit.
(2 Peter 3:15-16 WEB) 15And account [that] the long-suffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, hath written to you; 16As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
(Psalm 19:11-13 WEB) 11Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward. 12Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults]. 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
The truth shows us what pleases God and what does not please God. And this is not changed because of Grace. The difference is under Law there is a “one strike and you’re out rule”. That is what happened with Adam and Eve. But under Grace Jesus bore the burden for our sins, past, present, and future. This Grace only accrues to those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit knows our heart and will not be fooled as to our sincerity.
(Galatians 3:22 WEB) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Sins come in three forms:
- Sins that are unintended and not known to us. That would be our secret sins. If you notice a negative response in similar situations or with certain people then you need to ask if there’s an issue and settle it between you and them.
- Sins that are unintended but known to us. We should always apologize even if our intention was not meant to harm someone.
- Sins that are presumptuous or deliberate. I tell people in my recovery group that we committed these sins with our eyes wide open. How to address these must be carefully considered in prayer. One area I know that causes a lot of problems and destroys trust is pornography. If you would confess every time, you would create a real problem. Should you keep it a secret? I would think only if it were in the past. Otherwise, you are participating in an addiction that will invariably change your behavior. Surround yourselves with accountability partners and commit to a recovery group.
This Psalm explains “life” from Creation until now. But for the Christian, each day is a recommitment to God’s Truth, appreciation to our Creator and His Creation, and dependance on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance to avoid Sin.
(Psalm 19:14 WEB) Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
This verse should be our daily commitment to God to meditate on God’s Truth, the beauty, albeit corrupted, of His Creation, and the power of the Holy Spirit to live a righteous and loving lifestyle thus avoiding Sin.