June 28, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 19

Today’s Psalm is designed to direct our attention toward the Creator God, to lead us in praise of His Word, and to exemplify our humble response. We see all throughout scripture that God has designed His creation to point us toward Him. David begins this song directing us toward Genesis, intending that we first recognize all that God has done. Similarly in Job 38, God declares His supreme understanding of the universe He created. Paul echoes these sentiments in Romans 1:

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. (Romans 1:19-20 ESV)

First, David directs his attention toward the glory that God receives from His creation. Second, he celebrates the purity and righteousness of His Scriptures. The terms lawtestimonyprecepts, commandment, and rules all come from the Pentateuch and are ways of referring to the Mosaic covenant.  These verses point to David ultimate proclamation of the goodness of Scripture in verses 10 and 11:

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:10-11 ESV)

Finally, David has a humble response to God in light of His glory and grace in the final verses of this Psalm. These reflections point David toward his own moral failures, and cause him to seek Gods forgiveness and protection. Presumptuous sins are sins committed in arrogant disregard of divine commands, and if we’re honest, our failures usually stem from our own arrogance and disregard from God’s commands.

Let David’s final words from Psalm 19 be our prayer today:

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 ESV)

By: Alex Boswell

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “June 28, 2016”

  1. “We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem…there is greater healing for the soul beholding the splendor than there is in beholding self.” – John Piper

    Do I meditate on all that God has done to reveal Himself to me? Do I use God’s Word as a source of restoration between God and myself? Do I long for and desire God and His Word more than anything else in my life? What rewards have I received by following God’s Word?

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  2. One of my professors in school continually returned to Psalm 19 as we discussed what we can know about God apart from special revelation, i.e. The Bible. Psalm 19 illustrates in beautiful imagery what Paul bluntly states in legal terms in Romans 1:20; namely, that creation demands a creator and his creation is a marvel to behold. Beholding this marvel, then, makes mankind accountable to its creator.
    In verse 7, we get the switch and we encounter God’s provision for this accountability—the Law.
    Psalm 19 is interesting to me because it shows us the limitations of general revelation. It is sufficient for us to know God exists, but the only way for us to know God is through him revealing himself to us through his Word.

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