O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psalms 8:1)
He truly has set His glory in the heavens! Our science this year for our son has been geology and now we are doing astronomy, it is absolutely breathtaking to look into the heavens! The beauty, majesty, sheer glory of it. The heavens do declare the glory of God.And His name truly is proclaimed in all the earth. Maybe not by man just yet, although one day we know that every knee shall bow to Him, but the very rocks cry out the name of their creator. We as a family learned so very much from our geology studies the first half of the school year about the wonders of God’s incredible creation.
Many of the resources we are using are of a creationist worldview and they have many references to Psalms which has sent us numerous times reading through that beautiful book of the Bible for more nuggets of truth upon which to grow our understanding of the Lord and our world. Tonight I would like to share a few of our favorite psalms and verses. Maybe they will bless you in these long winter days as much as they have us.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:1-9)
This entire psalm is deeply thought provoking, making take not of the glory of all the Lord has made and our own place within it. Even though we are a little lower than the angels God humbled himself to become one of us, a precious babe that grew in a family of little stature, just a carpenter’s son, to change the world with His teachings, to die to take away the sins of this once perfect creation that is now groaning in misery and suffering that all who believe in Him might have eternal life, eternal freedom.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the 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. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:1-14)
David most certainly had a way with words, and a true understanding of God’s works. He was a man after God’s own heart and it shows in Psalm 19.
The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
The earth is the Lord’s, he hath founded it – such power in those words, such hope, promise, love.
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. (Psalms 29:3-11)
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Another of our favorites these verses struck a chord with me, the very thought of the heavens and that is in them being spoken into being – a universe a single spoken sentence.
But this one is by far the one I call to mind most often. Maybe too often during school time, particularly during math and grammar when there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth happening some days. I just repeat this verse to myself over and over, well it starts out to myself by the end I am sometimes am praying it aloud!
He has made each and every day, numbered and counted them all, knows them from beginning to end. That alone is reason enough to rejoice! Let us be glad and sing praises to the glory of God the creator and keeper of all things, including us!