26 July

The series through Psalms continues this week and today’s tells us how we know God through His Creation and through His Word…

READ PSALM 19  Make notes of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

If yesterday’s Psalm brought up the topic of sitting, walking and standing in the way of the wicked, then today’s Psalm shows us two ways how we can know and follow God:

First, King David shows how the heavens declare God’s glory day after day[v1-2], even to the ends of the earth.[v3-4] This is what we call God’s “General Revelation” about Himself and if you add this to God’s speech about Himself in the Book of Job, we can be sure that “…since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen. We can understand our Maker from what has been made, so that all people everywhere are without excuse.”[a]

But if we’re still confused about which god is the Supreme God or God Most High, the second thing our Father God gave us His “Specific Revelation” in His Word. David sings about this in v7-10 using as much creativity as he can muster. He’s personally found that he could be warned by God’s Word and that in keeping God’s Laws there is actually great reward. [v11]

But there’s one more thing that stood out for me today and it’s in v14. Just like Job who said, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will take His stand on the earth…”[b]  King David now calls God his rock and his “redeemer”. Outside of Job, this is the first time in Scripture that the Creator God is called someone’s personal “redeemer”. The word was used centuries earlier for a kinsman-redeemer or guardian-redeemer for example in the days of the Judges and the Book of Ruth. It’s about someone who wasn’t part of the family being brought into full status through an exchange agreement – just as God did for the whole people group of Israelites.[c]  A slave being redeemed or bought for a price to be set free – usually to be a son. Sheep could be redeemed – the different between being bought for slaughter or bought to be kept in the flock. Father God then picks up on the word “redeemer” as a name for Himself and uses it 13 times through the Book of Isaiah.[d]

So there’s now a third way of knowing how to become one of those people in yesterday’s reading – a tree planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in season with the Lord watching over you.[e]  Through His creation, through His Word, and through the One who is our Redeemer – the Living Word of God. He paid the full price for us in an exchange agreement: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace.”[f]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

  1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
Who is there like You, O Lord, among the gods? You’re majestic in holiness, awesome in praise because You work wonders? [Exodus 15:11]
  1. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
–          The world: Pray for the forgotten Tsunami orphans of Japan
–          Your nation: The needs of your extended family
–          Yourself: Following the Lord’s lead in your life
–          Your concerns for today
Thank-you Lord, that you are the God who hears my prayer. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers – the moon and stars, which You have commission with roles. I can’t help but wonder what is humankind that You have a thought for us – the sons and daughters of man that You care for us? [Psalm 8:3-4]
  1. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Because Your anger is only for a moment, Lord, yet Your favour lasts a lifetime. And because weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Therefore I will sing praise to my Creator, along with His godly ones. I give thanks to His holy name. [Psalm 30:4-5]
  1. Protect: “… Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
God of Peace, thank-you for sanctifying me entirely. May my spirit, soul and body be preserved complete, without blame when the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ takes place. [1 Thessalonians 5:23]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = God’s Word

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” [James 1:22]

[a] Romans 1:20

[b] Job 19:25

[c] Exodus 15:13

[d] Isaiah 41:14; 43:14; 44:6&24; 47:4; 48:17; 49:7&26; 54:5&8; 59:20; 60:16 and 63:16 (See also Jeremiah 50:34)

[e] Psalm 1:3,6

[f] Ephesians 1:7

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