Have you noticed the spring weather recently?
We have enjoyed some massive extremes, from very hot, dry and sunny - to an abundance of rain and clouds - and now we are back to hot and sunny again. We have also had some amazing skies.
Our God created the skies and the heavens - and he controls the weather too.
The first part of this Psalm reminds us that God has put in place the rules of the natural world - and all of creation declares how wonderful he is. Sometimes we talk about the importance of non-verbal communication. This Psalm talks about the heavens and the skies, speaking - without speaking.
The rest of the Psalm calls our attention to the amazing fact that God has also put in place other rules too - the rules of relationships.
The Law of the Lord instructs us on how we should relate to God and how we should relate to each other.
Just as the Psalmist is in awe, when he thinks of the natural world that God has created, he is also in awe when he thinks of God’s law, which he describes as “perfect.”
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from wilful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19 (NIV)
How do you consider the law, statutes, precepts, commands, fear and decrees of God?
How does the Psalmist describe them?
When you go for a walk in the countryside, you are probably amazed at God’s creation.
You may even thank him for the wonders he has invented - trees, flowers, sun, shadows, rivers, lakes and seas.
But what about the other things that he has invented: things like love, forgiveness, kindness, patience and respect? These are part of his creation too.
Let’s celebrate every aspect of God’s wonderful creation - the natural world and the world of relationships.
Is God calling you to relate to him in a new and fresh way?
Is God calling you to relate to the people around you in a renewed and refreshed way?