The Heavens Declare the Joy of God

Psalm 19

I started today’s Bible study with a bit of guilt because I never got around to doing my bible study yesterday. It just seemed as if life intruded too much and before I knew it, it was 11:00pm and I was exhausted. I didn’t even think about trying to read. So, in my prayer, before I read my first verse, I was talking about even with my sins and errors and yesterday and before. And sins I know will happen in the future, I was thankful to God and Jesus for even caring about little ‘ol me. The phrase of “Who am I to you, that you would care about me?” I am thinking about how I am less than a speck of dust to God and everything that he created. And yet he cares.

Then the first verse slams into me. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” I have often thought about how small we really are in perspective to the rest of the universe. I came across these two resources a while ago and thought I would look at them again. Here is a really cool video [1:43] showing a detailed map of the universe and how our little planet fits in. I love the visual perspective that it gives me. I really reinforces my faith and love of God and Jesus. It is just infinitely awesome to me.

Now this other resource is actually even better. This shows The Scale of the Universe in both directions. And you can actually click on the individual objects for some factual information. Where this gets really cool and when you slide the scroll bar to the left you can zoom in better than the best microscope and see the wonders of God’s creation and get a glimpse of how we are made. I like the info nugget at 10 -16.1. And yet the slide bar is only ¾ of the way to the left zoom. Just awesome. And God created it. And we are still learning it. And God still cares about us, and He still cares about me. It’s a weird concept to thoroughly embrace. Kind of like the Holy Trinity. We don’t always completely understand it, but it just is.

And all of this just from the first verse. We are surrounded by God’s majestic creation both above us in the skies and inside us in our physical makings of the elements that made us. And then to top all that off, there is life. We exist. We can think. I can think. I worship. I praise. Just awesome. How can people think all this is just an accident or random? Now THAT takes a bit of faith. LOL. (Yes, I did laugh.)

Continuing my reading, in a much better frame of mind from just the first verse, I see ‘bridegroom’ in verse five. My first thought is that weddings are always a joyous event. Then, am I reading Joy into too much of my bible study? That’s the whole purpose of One Word. I sticking with it. Joy of weddings and the promise of a future together.

Verse 8a, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” Ah. I love it. I think I understand the definition of precept, but I look it up anyway. The rules. The laws. Just awesome. He created the universe. He of course did it right, and his rules, his creations, give me a tremendous amount of joy when I think and bask in what He has done for me. He created. He sent His Son, Jesus. I am free. I have faith and I have joy.

Today’s bible study is one of the reasons that I lay out and look at the stars and just soak in His majesty. It’s why I have faith, even in times of trouble. He has a plan and I am happy to be a part of it. And I hope to do my best to do my part rightly.

And still more to go on this chapter. Verse 13.  I know I have sinned and I know that I will sin again and again. I love David’s line here on asking God to keep me from ‘willful sins.’ Please help me, strengthen me to make the right choice, and when I fail, please forgive me. Willful sin is really a rebellion against God. Putting a stick in His eye. With God’s Grace I will never fall that low. It’s bad enough that I continually, unintentionally sin. But I return to Jesus every time, and he forgives me EVERY time.

And I can’t close my Bible study today any better than David closed his prayer.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.