Instead they have changed the glory of the incorruptible God into images made in the likeness of corruptible man - bowing down to false gods made like the sun, worshiping the moon and creating images in the likeness of birds, creatures and creeping reptiles!! In every event they saw the agency of God; and, therefore, they took delight in its examination. Universus mundus (as one pithily) nihil aliud est quam Deus explicatus: the whole world is nothing else but God expressed. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. The great book of the creatures in folio, may be termed aptly the shepherd's kalendar, and the ploughman's alphabet, in which even the most ignorant may run (as the prophet speaks) and read. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. I read, one time, that a good Bible devotional has two important elements. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, As preaching all the night and all the day without intermission: verse. Psalm 19: 1 -- The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. The wonder of the heavens tell forth the glory of God and the wider expanse of God's amazing creation continues to declare day by day of the amazing work of God's creative hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech, and night after night they display knowledge. Any book without its first page would be sadly imperfect, and especially the great Natural Bible, since its first pages, the sun, moon, and stars, supply light to the rest of the volume, and are thus the keys, without which the writing which follows would be dark and undiscerned. Still no approach is made to any limit. Verse 1. Psalms 19:1-6 NIV. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. In particular, we have always regretted that endeavours should have been made to depreciate nature with a view of exalting revelation; it has always appeared to us to be nothing else than the degrading of one part of God's work in the hope thereby of exalting and recommending another. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Second, the devotional must be short and filled with cute illustrations. Psalm 19:1 connects this idea to Scripture. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Psalms 19:1 Context. The more we learn about the universe, the more clearly we can see the work of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Our fall mini-series from the Psalter continues with Psalm 19. The title tells us both the author and the audience of the psalm: To the Chief Musician. It was God who "sent springs into the valleys, which run among the hills." In his eye everything was full of God. Thus praise and prayer are mingled, and he who here sings the work of God in the world without, pleads for a work of grace in himself within. We are children, and must each confess, "I think as a child, I speak as a child." Creation is one of two “books' (creation and conscience), that God has given to every man born of woman and every woman begotten of man. To me and my friends may they act as ministers of a superior order, as counsellors of wisdom, and guides to happiness! In a word, Psalm 19 is a song of praise, devotion and supplication: • It recognizes the sovereignty of God over all creation. He who looks up to the firmament and then writes himself down an atheist, brands himself at the same moment as an idiot or a liar. A Psalm of David. Dr. Macosh has well said, "We have often mourned over the attempts made to set the works of God against the Word of God, and thereby excite, propagate, and perpetuate jealousies fitted to separate parties that ought to live in closest union. His own habitation has provided a base which has served him to measure the heavens. It tells of the amazing work of His creative hand. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 7-9 and 14). To get what Psalm 19:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. It would be idle to enquire into the particular period when this delightful poem was composed, for their is nothing in its title or subject to assist us in the enquiry. The heavens are plural for their variety, comprising the watery heavens with their clouds of countless forms, the aerial heavens with their calms and tempests, the solar heavens with all the glories of the day, and the starry heavens with all the marvels of the night; what the Heaven of heavens must be hath not entered into the heart of man, but there in chief all things are telling the glory of God. Psalm 19:1 in all English translations Bible Gateway Recommends NKJV, Abide Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, New King James Version Our Price: $54.99 Buy Now Whole Psalm. Any part of creation has more instruction in it than human mind will ever exhaust, but the celestial realm is peculiarly rich in spiritual lore. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 1st, the Scripture used must be very short, preferably only one verse. The book of nature has three leaves, heaven, earth, and sea, of which heaven is the first and the most glorious, and by its aid we are able to see the beauties of the other two. Prior to this theory, scientists and atheists assumed that the universe was eternal. Psalm 19:1 describes the heavens as declaring and proclaiming the glory of God. The body thereof (as mathematicians have confidently delivered) is one hundred and sixty-six times bigger than the whole earth, and yet it is every day carried by the finger of God so great a journey, so long a course, that if it were to be taken on the land, it should run every several hour of the day two hundred and twenty-five German miles. It speaks to every person who has ever lived on this terrestrial globe.. of a caring God, Who created the heavens; formed the earth and fashioned all that was made in those six astonishing days of creation. Salem Media Group. -- The eminent saints of ancient times were watchful observers of the objects and operations of nature. No doubt David also recognised the unmistakable signature of his faithful God, Who was the good Shepherd, Who provided all he needed, led him in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake, and promised a table of plentiful supply in the face of his bitter enemies. 1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The heavens and the sky offer testimony about God both night and day. PSALM 19:1-6. "[There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard." The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. It is humbling to find that even when the most devout and elevated minds are desirous to express their loftiest thoughts of God, they must use words and metaphors drawn from the earth. Division. This article uses Hebrew (Masoretic) psalm numbering. These 'scrolls' tell forth the wonders of His name. Psalm 19 is the 19th psalm in the Book of Psalms, known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." I confess this allegorical exposition is not altogether impertinent, neither is that literal exposition of Saint Chrysostom to be blamed, for it hath its weight. The word showeth his grace, Psalms 19:7-11 . The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches." Obadiah Sedgwick, 1660. We have also been blessed to receive a third “book' from our Creator God - The Holy Scripture, which details God's amazing plan of Salvation - that fallen man can be saved by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of God's only begotten Son.. Who laid aside His heavenly glory to be born into this sinful, rebellious race of man.. so that all who believe in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection - would not perish but have everlasting life.. Heavenly Father, when I look into the heavens and see the splendour of Your handiwork and the glories of Your creative power, I am moved as was David to proclaim Your glory and to declare the wonderful works of Your mighty hand. In the expanse above us God flies, as it were, his starry flag to show that the King is at home, and hangs out his escutcheon that atheists may see how he despises their denunciations of him. It's done in a fascinating way. The ablest philosophers of modern times do, indeed, maintain that a natural law is nothing more than the uniform mode in which God acts; and that, after all, it is not the efficiency of the law, but God's own energy, that keeps all nature in motion; that he operates immediately and directly, not remotely and indirectly, in bringing about every event, and that every natural change is as really the work of God as if the eye of sense could see his hand turning round the wheels of nature. By a sort of figure, indeed, it is proper, as the advocates of this system admit, to speak of God as the author of its natural events, because he originally ordained the laws of nature. But to omit all variety of conjecture, this Psalm contains in it: Verse 1. - The heavens declare the glory of God; literally, the heavens are recounting the glory of God - of El, "the Mighty One" - the God of nature (see Romans 1:20).David is perhaps carrying out his declared intention (Psalm 18:49) of praising God among the heathen," and therefore takes their standpoint - the ground of nature.And the firmament showeth his handywork. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. Though such acrostic poems are rarely subject to logical outlining, this one is a psalm of praise and contains the characteristic call to praise (verse 1, cause for praise (verses 2-9), and a concluding exhortation to praise (verse 10). I have often been charmed and awed at the sight of the nocturnal heavens, even before I knew how to consider them in their proper circumstances of majesty and beauty. Deep devotion is rooted in salvation history and a theology of revelation. It is not merely glory that the heavens declare, but the "glory of God," for they deliver to us such unanswerable arguments for a conscious, intelligent, planning, controlling, and presiding Creator, that no unprejudiced person can remain unconvinced by them. Psalm 19:1 Further Study. THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. The world resembles a divinity school, saith Plutarch, and Christ, as the Scripture telleth, is our doctor, instructing us by his works, and by his words. "For he spake, and it was done. Subject. It is a letter patent, or open epistle for all, as David, in our text, Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world; there is neither speech nor language but have heard of their preaching. Psalm 19:1 The purpose of displaying the heavens (For the choir director. James Hervey, A.M., 1713-1758. Finished-Telestai (Easter Reflections - (8). Man walking erect was evidently made to scan the skies, and he who begins to read creation by studying the stars begins the book at the right place. All men have been given irrefutable proof of God and His creative power through both creation and their own God-given consciences.. but most have failed to read, recognise and respond to the exterior evidence in the creation.. and the inner witness of their their own.. God-given consciences. He commanded, and it stood fast." Verse 1. The shocking truth is that man in his pride and foolishness has refused to read, recognise and honour the signature of His Creator-God.. in His astonishing book of Creation and the inner witness of his own God-given conscience. But how different, as already remarked, were the feeling of ancient saints. The sphere of creation appears to extend around us indefinitely on all sides; "to have its centre everywhere, its circumference nowhere." Psalm 19 is as fine a representation of the psalms as we could imagine. 19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. When he heard the bellowings, and saw the smoke of the volcano, it was "God who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; he toucheth the hills, and they smoke." The Psalmist goes on to say in verses 2-6 that the heavens “reveal knowledge.” God’s glory can … Whole Psalm. We become more Christlike, “conformed to t… Psalm 19 is like a “V” in which God’s revelation of Himself is focused in upon the author. How foolish and wicked are those who instead of accepting the two sacred tomes, and delighting to behold the same divine hand in each, spend all their wits in endeavouring to find discrepancies and contradictions. A singular and experimental knowledge of himself. “ THERE IS NO SPEECH NOR LANGUAGE, WHERE THERE VOICE IS NOT HEARD. When the thunderstorm passed before him, it was "God's voice in the heavens, and his lightnings that lighted the world." They are bound together as a high point in Book I of Jesus’ Prayer Book. What does Psalm chapter 19 mean? Psalms 33:6 Psalms 33:9 . Psalm 19:1-14 A Matter of Priorities. This revelation reaches everyone, just as the sun in its strength appears daily and reaches everywhere. The expanse is full of the works of the Lord's skilful, creating hands; hands being attributed to the great creating Spirit to set forth his care and workmanlike action, and to meet the poor comprehension of mortals. In them hath he … The heavens declare the glory of God, etc. The heavens declare, or are declaring, for the continuance of their testimony is intended by the participles employed; every moment God's existence, power, wisdom and goodness, are being sounded abroad by the heavenly heralds which shine upon us from above. The goal of Psalm 19 is to bring change and transformation in the life of a believer. Not one person could be indifferent to the heavenly glories of the day-time sky and the countless wonders of the stunning night-time sphere.. as we gaze on the sun and moon and twinkling stars, which God in His grace placed into the heavens on the third day of creation. The Hebrew word for God in Psalm 19:1 is El which, like “God” in English, is a generic word for a heavenly being, not the special word for the God of the Hebrews (Yahweh or LORD, as in vv. For the Chief Musician. Edward Hitchcock, D.D., L.L.D., 1867. Let one be the outer and the other the inner court. Context Summary Psalm 19:1–6 focuses on creation as a means by which God reveals Himself to mankind. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." I think the imagery in verse 5 is saying that natural revelation is dominating and powerful. For albeit, heaven, and the sun in heaven, and the light in the sun are mute, yet their voices are well understood, catechising plainly the first elements of religion, as, namely, that there is a God, and that this God is but one God, and that this one God excelleth all other things infinitely both in might and majesty. They were created to shed their radiant glow and life-giving warmth onto the earth. This comes from the Word spiritually cleansing our behavioral “blind-spots” that keep us from being effective for the Lord. He has employed them in the study of the wonderful works of God which the universe displays. 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