Psalms 18 – 19

I’m closing out the week with Psalms 18 and 19 as we’re now on the brink of finishing up the study of the first 24 Psalms.  Today I touch back on one of my favorite concepts, that of just how big and cosmic our God really is.

Psalm 18 (continued)

I got so wrapped up talking about humility in my last post that I didn’t get around to finishing my look at Psalm 18. There’s one more verse from this psalm that jumped out at me.

Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.

This is such a beautiful sentiment, and what really struck me about it were the words support and gentleness. God’s so complex, and one aspect of Him that I don’t feel like gets talked about enough is His gentleness. I really feel like that’s how God deals with me so far in my life. It’s all about gentle nudges, patient teaching, and support. So many aspects of God get talked about. His love, and His anger are both pretty well known. But man, He is a gentle Lord, isn’t He? I picture Jesus, and while he had moments of pain and anger and struggle, so much of what he did while on Earth was gentle. He was often a gentle and patient teacher, and he definitely had a gentle heart, and I really feel that in my dealings with God.

Psalm 19

In this Psalm of David, the subject discussed is how the sky shows God’s majesty. As I’ve written before, this type of moment and association between God and the sky/space is some of my favorite stuff. One of my deepest and most memorable experiences with God had a lot to do with space (I’ll tell the story some time), so this whole subject holds a dear place in my heart.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

One of my favorite Christian bands is called Stavesacre. Sadly, they don’t make music anymore, but one of their last songs contained some of my favorite lyrics ever. In the song A Reason To Believe, they sing “I’m not looking for a reason to believe. I do. I breathe. That’s enough for me.” It’s a gorgeous sentiment. The simple fact that they’re alive and breathing is confirmation enough that there’s a God above.

That’s what this verse speaks to. We have a twenty four hour a day, seven day a week reminder of God’s presence and majesty hanging right above our heads. When someone asks you, “How can you believe in God?”, you just want to point up and say “How can you not believe?” It’s probably not going to sway many minds, but man, when I stare up into the night sky, or when I really take in a beautiful sunset, I feel the presence of my living God so strongly. Even just writing about this, I just had a huge rush of His presence all around me. The skies proclaim His existence to every living thing. He set the earth on its axis, He sent it spinning around the sun. I call him a cosmic God sometimes, and I love that thought, because it does two things. First, it reminds me of the bigness of God. He’s a universe maker, a galactic presence. Secondly, it makes me feel so special and loved, because this cosmic God of mine takes the time to concern Himself with little ol’ me. He cares about me, and He loves me, and that’s just incredible to me.

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This next verse from Psalm 19 echoes something I wrote about when I was studying Psalm 7.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I’ve learned to control my mouth pretty well. Just shutting up goes a long way when it comes to trying to only speak in a way that honors God. It’s that great old teaching, if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. But in this verse, David’s not just calling God’s attention to his words, but also the meditation of his heart. You can’t hide your inner thoughts, or the meditation of your heart. One place I find myself struggling most in recent weeks is in my thought life. Like I said above, I can shut up all day long if I really need to, but I can’t shut off my mind. In this Psalm, David calls attention to this, saying that he doesn’t just want his words to please God, but also his inner thoughts.

I love when the Bible challenges me, and I think this definitely qualifies. We want our actions, our words, and our thoughts to be acceptable to the Lord. That’s not an easy thing, but wouldn’t it be incredible to know that God is pleased with us on every level? That our speech, our actions, and our thoughts are working in harmony on a level that’s acceptable and pleasing to Him? It’s definitely something I want to work towards.

CLOSING AND PRAYER

My three nephews are staying with me today, so for prayers I really just want to pray for the children in our lives.  My oldest nephew is 13 and he’s entering into such a challenging period of his life.  So for prayers, let’s just lift up the young ones that we know and love.  Ask God to bless them, to walk with them and guide them, and to help them grow into the people of God they’re meant to be.

Alright everyone.  That’s it for this week.  I’m excited to close out the first 24 Psalms next week and move on to some old testament stuff.  I love each of you, and I hope you have a beautiful and wonderful weekend.  God loves each of you deeply and dearly.

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