Today Pastor Mickey Stonier taught from Psalm 19, which is actually a summary of the longest book in the Bible, Psalm 119.
Psalm 19:1-6 tells us that the heavens and sun are a testament to God's glory. This is a "general revelation," meaning that simply through creation and conscience, we can learn about God.
In a past sermon Miles has talked about the various different ways God talks to us. One of the way God communicates is through His creation. In simply observing and reflecting on God's creation, we can learn about His power, His attributes, and His vastness. As people, we tend to think that we are a big deal. We forget that it isn't all about us. Pastor Mickey showed a picture of Earth with the smaller planets next to it to compare its size. But then he showed the bigger planets which dwarfed ours, and then he showed the sun, which dwarfed Jupiter, and then he showed bigger stars which dwarfed even our own sun. At this point, Earth was not even visible (and we are just specks on the planet!) But here was the big kicker. As small as we are in comparison to the majestic universal masses out there, each of our brains has more neurological connections that there are stars in the universe! That didn't just happen by chance. God created amazing vastness and the most minute of details.
The second half of Psalms 19 details what we call "special revelation." This means that through God's Word and His Son, we can know Him personally. This is a fascinating part of the Bible! You may recall that Miles had said that there are parts of the Bible that call us to read, reflect and respond. This half of the book takes care of the first two parts for us. Each verse has reading and reflecting already embedded into it; in turn, all we must provide is the response.
1. Verse 19:7aThe law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
We READ that God's law is perfect. We REFLECT that it converts. We RESPOND by opening our hearts to it.
2. Verse 19:7bThe testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
We READ that God's testimony is sure. We REFLECT that it makes us wise. We RESPOND by studying.
3. Verse 19:8aThe statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
We READ that the Lord is right. We REFLECT that it causes rejoicing in the heart. We RESPOND by celebrating.
4. Verse 19:8bThe commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
We READ that the Lord's commandments are pure. We REFLECT that they enlighten the eyes. We RESPOND by meditating on this.
5. Verse 19:9aThe fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
We READ that fear of the Lord is clean. We REFLECT that it is never-ending. We RESPOND with repentance.
6. Verse 19:9b-10The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
We READ that the Lord's judgments are true. We REFLECT that they are more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey. We RESPOND by believing in them.
7. Verse 19:11Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.
We READ a warning to keep in step with the Lord. We REFLECT that this faithfulness yields a reward. We RESPOND with obedience to the Lord.
This small book has given us a lot to think about for this week until we continue our journey onto the next chapter of Pastor Miles' message series, The Royal.