God has given us two great books: His Creation and HIs Word.
Nonverbal and verbal communication,
reinforcing one another, shouting the glory of God.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
I am so excited about this week. This is my surprise — and I hope it delights you too. A month ago I asked our own Rebecca if she would help make Psalm 19 live in your hearts through her gift of music. Years ago I memorized Psalm 19 with the help of T. M. Moore, who has put the psalms to familiar hymn melodies. He paraphrased Psalm 19 and put it to the music of “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” Rebecca, with the help of her nephew on guitar, has done it for us and we can see them on vimeo. I want us to take a verse a day and ponder it, and I really encourage you to memorize at least one of the five verses. This psalm is such a beloved psalm — and we have a great free Tim Keller sermon on it as well.
Begin today, with the first verse. Below are T. M. Moore’s lyrics. Then listen to Rebecca sing it — you can stop after the first verse or listen to her sing it all. Here is Rebecca, anointed by Him!
Psalm 19, paraphrased by T. M. Moore (to be sung with the melody of Beneath the Cross of Jesus) Beginning today, we will go through it slowly.
Sunday: Verse 1
The heavens declare God’s glory, the skies His worth proclaim!
From day to day and night by night they shout His glorious name
No speech, no words, no voice is heard, yet all across the earth
The lines of His all present Word declare His holy worth!
Monday: Verse 2
Behold, the sun arises, a bridegroom strong and bright,
Rejoicing as he runs his course form morning unto night.
From east to west across the skies his circuit he completes,
And none can hide his sinful eyes or shelter from his heat.
Tuesday: Verse 3.
The Law of God is perfect, His testimony sure:
The simple man God’s wisdom learns, the soul receives its cure.
God’s Word is right, and His command is pure, and truth imparts:
He makes our eyes to understand, with joy He fills our hearts.
Wednesday: Verse 4 and 5.
The fear of God is cleansing, forever shall it last,
HIs judgments all are true and just, by righteousness held fast.
O seek them more than gold most fine, than honey find them sweet;
Be warned by every word and line, be blessed with joy complete.
Who, Lord, can know his erros? O keep sin far from me!
Let evil rule not in my soul that I may blameless be.
O let my thoughts, let all my words, before Your glorious sight,
Be pleasing to You, gracious Lord, acceptable and right.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. What stands out to you from the first verse of Psalm 19, as paraphrases by T. M. Moore and sung by Rebecca?
Ask the Lord to show you which verse to memorize, using the song and the paraphrase.
Monday: THE FIRST BOOK
3. What do verses 1-4 tell us that creation does?
4. Romans 10:18 quotes this psalm — what is the point made there?
3. Romans 1:18-20 goes further with this point. What does it say?
4. Tim Keller has said that according to this passage, everyone believes at first — but they suppress the truth. What thoughts do you have on this?
Behold the sun arises,
a bridegroom strong and bright, rejoicing as he runs his race from morning until night,
from east to west throughout the skies, his circuit he completes — and none can hide his sinful eyes or shelter from the heat
5. Read Psalm 19:4-6
A. To what does God compare the literal sun? How is the Son of God like the literal sun?
B. Listen to Rebecca sing this verse. Then, reading the lyrics in the caption of the picture above, sing it yourself to the tune of Beneath the Cross
of Jesus. Let it soak in. Then comment.
Tuesday: THE PERFECT BOOK
6. Read Psalm 19:7-8
A. What do you learn about God’s Word?
B. Listen to Rebecca sing this verse. Then, reading the lyrics in the caption of the picture above, sing it yourself to the tune of Beneath the
Cross of Jesus. Let it soak in. Then comment.
A. Jonathan Edwards says there is a difference between knowing honey is sweet and tasting it. What do you think he means?
B. How have you experienced the power of God’s Word recently?
C. Listen to Rebecca sing this verse. Then, reading the lyrics in the caption of the picture above, sing it yourself to the tune of Beneath the
Cross of Jesus and let it soak in. Comment.
Wednesday: Our Response to God’s Two Great Books
Listen and share your notes and comments. LINK
What verse are you (or have you) memorized, using T. M. Moore and the music?
What is your take-a-way and why?