THE TRUE SOURCE OF WISDOM
Lord, You are my Rock and my Redeemer. I praise You for Your greatness and Your goodness.
Read PSALM 19:1–14
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip” (Psa. 37:30,31).
The New Atheism declares that belief in God has been irrevocably discredited by scientific understandings of the universe. Post-modernism proposes that there are no absolute values to guide personal behavior, just individual preferences. Humanistic psychology shuns concepts of guilt and shame as too destructive for contemporary human well-being. This psalm says just the opposite on all counts. It joyfully affirms the awesome wonder of God’s activity in creation, the transforming action of God’s Word in our lives and the therapeutic value of God’s forgiveness for our spiritual wholeness.
We know far more about the universe now than ever in history, but this surely gives us no less reason than the psalmist for believing that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (1). Our imagery of the stars and the sun might be different (1–6), but as we marvel again and again at new revelations of the immensity and complexity of the celestial world we can discern aspects of “God’s invisible qualities” (Rom. 1:20). Human regulations are often seen as guilt-inducing and freedom-restricting. In contrast, the multifaceted teaching of “the law of the Lord” (note the parallel descriptions of Torah) is unsurpassable in value and delicious to experience (7–10). Its many desirable qualities refresh, enlighten and transform. One imagines that God’s people took great heart from its wisdom and encouragement.
As Paul warns, human thinking can become futile and foolish hearts darkened (Rom. 1:21). We can reject God as Creator and ignore his life-guidance. Or we can heed his warnings and confess our willful ways (11–14). Only the latter brings the rewards of forgiveness, freedom from sinful inclinations and acceptable worship in the presence of God (10–14). It’s our choice!
How does God speak to you most meaningfully? Pray for open eyes, ears and heart to perceive God and respond.
Gracious Lord, write Your Word in my heart. As I get into Your Word, I want You to get into my life.
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