Psalm 19 Commentary
Elegance and beauty, combined with heavenly serenity; this psalm presents creation’s hymn of praise. You guess the shepherd boy is working through his thoughts under the cover of open skies. From here, he can gaze at the unlimited expanse of the visible universe with his naked eyes. The immortal God begins to speak; glory in high definition. Yet there is no voice!
I’m here. That is the message. The universe is my workspace. I create objects within this workspace, creating order out of unlimited confusion. Modern discovery adds more awe to the known power and glory of the Creator God. But it is just the beginning of ignorance for the mortals. Raw nature displays orderly patterns that we now understand are governed by established factors such as gravity. The Creator God did more than we can ever know.
Nature speaks better than countless volumes of written material.
Nevertheless, the Creator God left stuff in black and white as a special gift to humanity. The Law of the LORD is perfect, mirroring the perfection of God’s natural creation. It is a source of life for mortals, just like nature – the sun.
Then David asks the Creator God for dominion. He wants to rule; he doesn’t want sin to rule over him. Now we can begin to appreciate what the LORD meant by dominion when he placed Adam in the Garden of peace and tranquility. To have dominion means to live under the rule of God rather than the rule of sin. When a man is the image of God, the rule of God becomes the rule of man – it is one and the same thing. David is looking at something deeply spiritual and eternally rooted in humanity’s original mandate.
Let me be like you want me to be: reflecting the image of the Creator God in my speech and character. Like the sun, operating in obedience to the order of Heaven, let David live in obedience to the Creator’s purposes.
David hints at the thought that man’s sinfulness is in direct conflict with the Creator’s orderly work. He doesn’t want to go that way. Let the Creator, now called Redeemer and Rock help him live in an orderly manner, in tandem with the purposes of the Creator God.
It is a prayer that the saint can repeat today. Who wants to doubt the capacity of this vastly powerful Creator? Creating beauty out of confusion shouldn’t be impossible!
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