Monday, March 20, 2006

Bible in the Basement?

Psalm 19 famously describes God's communication to wee human beings, through creation and through the written word. In our day, it's pretty audacious to claim that my God is the only God. Yet if God created everything - not just some things - it follows that his authority covers every aspect of creation, not just the few square feet granted to him by wee human beings.

The psalm in its entirety appears as the first comment below. But allow me to highlight a few verses that remind us what results when we take time to ponder God's written word.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes... (Psalm 19:7-8)

We are told here that God's word revives the soul and rejoices the heart, even as it brings enlightenment. What a gift! So often we want to improve our lot in life...through any means necessary. Do we give God's word a chance?

But there is another, more profound reason to elevate God's word in our life:

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 19:14)

To elevate God's word in our life, in our home, is to elevate God himself to the place of honor he deserves. He inhabits every square foot of the universe, and so he sees the condition of our heart and soul. What does he see?

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3 comments:

Ken Shomo said...

Thank you, Biblegateway.com!

Psalm 19 (English Standard Version)

1The heavens declare the glory of God,and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.

2Day to day pours out speech,and night to night reveals knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words,whose voice is not heard.

4 Their measuring line[b] goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. 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.

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

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.

Jeff said...

I like the use of "wee human beings" in the first sentence. Typo? Or cool intended double meaning?

Also, where do you get the pics for your blog? Do you take them?

Sherman said...

"Do we give God's word a chance?" - that's a good question. God's Word is there and will be always there, but for too many times, people just don't really think about the Word. We may understand something completely new if we seriously think about a few verses for as little as ten minutes.