This week I would like to turn our attention to the Psalms. These are a collection of ‘songs’ from Jewish tradition and may have been the only ‘hymnbook’ Jesus would have had. There has been much said about the current worship songs as being too relational rather than the hymns of the 18th century which were more informative and instructional. Some people love the traditional hymns which encompasses the doctrines of the church and in a time when literacy was not so widespread putting ideas into songs were a good way for people to learn and remember, and this is still the same today. Charles Wesley was responsible for writing over six thousand hymns and it is no surprise many are still known today. Our current worship songs are just that, songs using other peoples’ words, to express the worth or value we place on our relationship with God. The actual songs may change from week to week but the main theme, our response of thanks and worship to God for what he has done for us, remains paramount.
David, the shepherd boy who later became king, was the writer of Psalm 19. He draws on both the doctrinal and relational aspects in this psalm. He expresses many thoughts about God, the Lord, and shows us how they can affect us today in our relationship with the Lord.
The first six verses explains how creation can ‘speak’ to us without a word being spoken! The very regularity of the solar system mirrors God’s provision and faithfulness to us. Then he goes on to list various attributes of God and the effect they will have on us if we give them our full consideration.
|The Law of the Lord.||Is perfect.||Giving us new life (if we obey it!).|
|The Teachings of the Lord.||Last forever||Give us wisdom|
|The Instructions of the Lord.||Are right.||Makes our hearts glad.|
|The Commands of the Lord.||Shine brightly.||Giving light to our eyes|
|The Worship of the Lord.||Is sacred.||He will always be worshipped.|
|The Decisions of the Lord.||Are correct & fair.||They are of great value.|
|The Teachings of the Lord.||Are a warning.||By obedience they bring great reward.|
There are seven attributes listed about, why not find a few minutes each day, for a week, and pause in God’s presence. Read through one attribute each day, meditating on it and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you something about it. Then listen. . . I am sure that you will be blessed each day.
This knowledge about God is then taken by the psalmist and he uses it to examine his own behaviour. We too would do well if we also followed the example of David and we too may come to the same conclusion, that it is our intention to live under God’s authority and to worship and obey him. That in some way we may affect our society by bringing the Kingdom of God into our lives and into our town, our area, our spheres of influence.
Let’s echo David’s words at the end of the psalm. It has become a well recognised prayer.
Let the words of my mouth,Psalm 19: 14 (KJV)
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.