PSALM 19 TALK: The Creators Voice

(All bible quotes from The Holy Bible, New International Version)

 PSALM 19 TALK

THE CREATORS VOICE

(GOD’S WORD TO MANKIND)

 INTRODUCTION

At a folk festival I attended earlier in the year I heard a folk singer interviewed and he was asked, do you believe in God? His answer was “well for the sixty or so years I have lived I have seen nothing to suggest the existence of God, so my answer is no”. I was shocked and when I thought of his response at home I wrote a poem called, “Something” and it goes like this :

There is something in a sunset,

Something in a sunrise as well,

Something in a rose bud flowering,

Something that seems to cast a spell,

Something in the twinkle of a baby’s eye,

Something in my beloved’s smile,

Something that makes me feel good inside,

Something from which you cannot hide,

What is that Something ?

The poem goes on to try and state all the evidence I see that points me to God but I realised that that evidence only really comes clear when I read and understand what we call the Bible, which is better entitled “The Word of God”. In the last verse of the poem I wrote :

Someone has stirred my cold heart,

Someone has shone a light on me.

Someone has shown me his love

Someone has helped me see.

Someone put the twinkle in a baby’s eye,

Someone makes my beloved smile,

Someone makes me fell good inside,

Someone from whom I cannot hide,

I think I know that someone.

Psalm 19 written by David presents us with a really beautiful picture and statement of how God has revealed himself to us. It also teaches us how that word is useful and what believing in it will do to us.

The Psalm can be divided up into 3 parts :

1.     THE GLORY OF GOD REVEALED IN NATURE  (1 – 6)

 2.     THE GLORY OF GOD REVEALED IN HIS WORD  (7 – 11)

 3.     THE SPOTLIGHT OF GOD’S WORD ON THE HUMAN HEART   (12 – 14)

 Lets read Psalm 19:

“1 The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice  goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the

heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to

run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden

from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are

trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the

LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure 
    and altogether righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than

honey, than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be

blameless, innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, 
     O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer”.

1.  THE GLORY OF GOD REVEALED IN NATURE  (1 – 6)

 In Psalm 8, David speaks of God putting Glory in the day and night sky, now he says the heavens or day and night skies are declaring the Glory of God. David is saying nature is speaking to us and what is it saying, “God is a Glorious creator”. This speech is loud but silent at the same time as the speech is not like our speech. Hoe does it speak then if there is no language or sounds?

Romans 1 : 18 – 20,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse”.

It always amazes me that in every culture in every age there has been one common fact, some kind of belief and worship of God exits. It is though every human being has a God vacuum in him that must be filled. The best example of how strong and real this God vacuum is is the story of the old now defunct U.S.S.R. Communism for over 50 years outlawed religion of nay kind and made one of the most aggressive attempts to wipe out all religious belief.

Once communism fell the Church in Russia emerged stronger than ever and it seems that no matter how hard the Godless regime tried to either destroy the God Vacuum or fill it with some kind of other belief system it just wouldn’t die.

Even though religious thought of some kind exits in every culture as men and women have looked up into the sky and seen the glory it reveals there understanding of who this God is and what he is like has been distorted by sin. This is what Paul goes on to tell us in Romans 1 : 20 – 25,

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

So belief in a God, gained by viewing the Glory of the heavens and all aspects of creation stretches across the earth but of course as well will see soon we need a much clearer word from God to really know what he is really like and how he wants us to relate to him.

A WORD ABOUT THE SPECIAL REVELATION OF THE SUN

David gives two and a half verses to the Sun and what it is saying about God. The sun has always been had a dominate influence in religious thought down through the ages. Many cultures have been “Sun” worshippers. I looked up on the net to see what ancient cultures worshipped the Sun or incorporated it into their religion and I found this list, Africa, Ancient Egypt, Aztec, Chinese and Hindu just to name a few. The most famous “Sun” worship story in history was that of a Pharaoh named Akhenaten “who in the  changed the polytheistic religion of Egypt to a pseudo-monotheistic one, Atenism. All other deities were replaced by the Aten, including, Amun, the reigning sun god of Akhenaten’s own region. Unlike other deities, the Aten did not have multiple forms. His only image was a disk—a symbol of the sun”. Akhenaten destroyed the Capital of Egypt and made a new strange one out in the desert and attempted to destroy all statues and writings of Egypt’s former religious beliefs. Akenaten died unexpectedly and with his death went his Capitol and his radical religion.

David like any ancient person saw the sun moving across the sky from east to west. Of course we know the earth moves and the sun is fixed but this does not take away from what David is saying. He describes the sun as a young, strong and lusty bridegroom going out to meet his bride or a young finely tuned athlete warming up for a gig race.

David uses the Sun and these images of them to say that as wonderful and glorious as the sun might be it is only it is just a mere creature of God to tell us how wonderful and glorious God is. I like the words at the end of verse 6, “nothing is hidden from its heat”.

The sun has a influence over everything and of course without, I read this about the sun on the internet, “The sun provides nearly all the heat and light and other forms of energy necessary for life on our planet In fact, the sun provider virtually all the energy of the solar system. Its gravitational attraction governs the motions (or kinetic energy) of the planets and other bodies”. The idea of the suns heat not been hidden, I think is used to say that, the God who made the sun to produce that heat is not hidden and speaks to us though it.

Again this does not seem to add up to all peoples beliefs and ideas. Like Paul John tells us that this is because of sin. We read this in John 3: 19 – 21,

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God”.

The light of God and the light that comes into the world is speaking spiritually and is of course the coming of Jesus Christ which we will look at in the next section.

2.  THE GLORY OF GOD REVEALED IN HIS WORD  (7 – 10)

 As amazing as the revelation of God in nature is it pales into insignificance when compared to the far greater revelation of God in his word. Mankind is in the dark without the light God shines in through his word.

David now turns his thoughts to “God’s Word”, which he calls “The law of the Lord”. Matthew Henry explains what this term means when he writes, The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. The word translated to law, to may be rendered doctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us true religion”.

David, like most Old Testament Jews would have called this book of “doctrine” as the first 5 books of the bible written by Moses. We, of course have much more but even these five books are an incredible revelation of God.

In David’s description of the “Law” he follows a pattern of six titles of the law, followed by six adjectives to describe it and then six benefits. Let’s look at each of these six descriptions of the word of God.

  1. The Law of the Lord

The first title of the word of God is “The Law”, this has also been translated as “The Testimony of the Lord. As I said before David only really had the first five books of the bible written by Moses and often called “The Law”. Even in these five books we find out a lot about God and how he wants us to live. This law is described a perfect and revives the soul. Yes we all have a God vacuum that needs to be filled and God is the only one who can fill it and his word contains the only instructions on how that filling is done.

 2. Statutes of the Lord

The first name of the word of God is “Statutes”, a statute has been described as “order’s given with authority”. Orders that tell us what we should do and not do like “The Ten Commandments” they are described as trustworthy and make us wise.

3. Precepts of the Lord

Precepts could also be translated as “the instructions of the LORD” and these are described as right and they give joy to the heart.

How liberating it is when you just cannot figure out how to operate a new piece of equipment like a new computer and when all else fails you turn to the instructions and figure it out. Well the bible is God’s instruction manual for life and we don’t change often the last thing we read is the instructions. If we want to avoid the pain and enjoy how God wants us to live maybe we need to read the instruction manual first.

 4. Command of the Lord

We all know the 10 Commandments but Jesus turned them on their head when he taught things like,

“a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 “.

The commands of God are described as radiant, giving light to the eyes. They are God’s guiding light. In Psalm 119 verse 105 we read,

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”.

When I was younger I did a lot of work with an organisation called “Scripture Union” and that was there motto. I can remember getting pictures of all kinds of lights to describe what that verse might mean to how we live our lives. There was the torch to help find the way in the dark, the search light to find someone lost and finally “The Lighthouse” to warn ships away from dangerous submerged rocks at sea. God’s word is all these and more to our lives in him.

    5.  The fear of the Lord

Fearing God seems to be a bit of a old hat idea, gone because love is so much more superior, however fear of God is in both New and Old Testament and plays a very important plays a very important role in helping us have a healthy view of God. I found this rundown of what the word fear is in both Hebrew and Greek,

“In the Hebrew, the word is “YIR’AH” and is used in the Old Testament to describe:

a. fear, terror

b. awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear)

c. fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety.

“The Greek word is “PHOBOS”, and it is used to describe:

a. fear, dread, terror

b. that which strikes terror”

This fear is described by David a pure and is enduring forever. If a child is not taught to respect say the hot plate on a stove, to actually fear touching it then it could burn itself very badly. My young son when he was only a infant put his hand on a hot portable spit BBQ at a one of my families weddings and burnt his hand very badly. There was a sign on it saying “Very Hot, Do not touch” but a five year old cannot read. Sometimes we need to get our fingers burnt to realise we must fear something. God is Great and powerful and must be respected otherwise we will get more than our fingers burnt.

   6.  The Ordinances of the Lord

The final title of God’s word is Ordinances in the dictionary is described as “ an official rule” or “ Order”. God gives us orders and rules to live by and these according to Psalm 19 are, “sure” and altogether righteous. A child that is not disciplined lacks boundary’s to live by and is considered unruly and troubled. God wants to give us boundary’s to live by so we can avoid becoming unruly and troubled. People, generally who seek to live there lives as though there is not a God and there are no restraints on life usually end up living very disturbed and messed up lives.

David finishes his description and teaching of the value of God’s word with two beautiful images of value of God’s word.

  1. The Image of Gold.

Right down the ages gold has been the most precious metals, Why?

A gold expert called Gerry Burnell  answers this question with these words.

“Gold is one of three precious metals, the others being Platinum and to a lesser extent silver. The main reason for their value is that they are rare. You can put all the gold ever found in a cube less than 150 feet. Not very big by today’s standards. In a good gold mine, you have to move and refine ten tons of dirt or rock for each ounce of gold recovered. There are not many good gold mines in the world either. The second property of a precious metal is that it has to be impervious to the elements. In other words it cannot rust, corrode, or be degradable by other elements. Gold is so inert that it is sometimes found in nature in the natural metal state in the form of nuggets. This allowed people in ancient times to take the natural nuggets and pound them together to form metal objects. Gold does not oxidize or corrode, so it’s shape will remain a thousand years from now if you do not ware it away.Other properties making it valuable is malleability. You can literally beat on it and it tends not to crack. In fact gold can be hammered out so thin that light will pass through it. It has been hammered out thinner than tinfoil and  applied to objects as “Gold Foil”. Gold foil stays a highly reflective beautiful yellow colour,  lasting forever. There never has been a paint that will last and protect like gold foil.  Gold was used to cover idols and temples raising its status even further”.

Gold is pretty amazing and valuable and yet David says God’s Word is more precious.

  1. The image of honey Image

Honey like gold is a precious thing for different reasons. Honey is great to eat and so useful and like gold so durable. I have heard it said that honey has been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt and was still OK. Gods word is more precious than honey and even the more rarer and sweeter honeycomb.

Finally David says, “by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”.

These words bring together in a simple summary why the word of God is so useful and valuable and should be treasured, read and acted upon by everyone who wants to live the way God wants them to live.

Lets finish this section of the Psalm with some timely words from Peter in 1 Peter 1 : 22 – 25,

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,”All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever. And this is the word that was preached to you”.

  1.  THE SPOTLIGHT OF GOD’S WORD ON THE HUMAN HEART   (12 – 14)

 The word of God is both wonderful on one hand and disturbing on the other. It is both encouraging and challenging, liberating and binding. How can this be?

As I studied these Psalms I found that it was a great joy to my heart but it was also a great pain to. I mentioned earlier that I was involved in my younger days with an organisation called “Scripture Union” who had Psalm 119 verse 105 as its motto,

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

I mentioned the different types of lights we used to explain this verse and motto and one I did not mention was a spotlight. God’s word you see is a spotlight to our hearts and souls. When we read God’s word it will not only give a the message from God that liberates and enlivens us but it will shine in hearts and reveal to us our many sins and shortcomings. This is what David has in mind when he writes in verses 12 and 12

Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be

blameless, innocent of great transgression”.

David knew great sin or failure in his life. After all in the early part of his reign he committed adultery with a women named Bathsheba and when she became pregnant he had her husband, Uriah placed in the front line of battle when he refuses to return from military service to be with his wife. This led to Uriah’s death, so David committed murder. However David repents of his sin and because he knew the God of the bible who will forgive by his grace.

David only came to repent of this sin when God spoke to him through the prophet Nathan. So David knew the spotlight of the bible shinning into his heart and revealing his many sins.

1. HIDDEN OR SECRET SINS

He speaks of two types of sins here, the first type of sins are hidden or secret sins. Hidden or secret because we cannot see them. You usually only find these faults you have when someone, in love, points them out to you. I had a funny experience at Bible College when in my first term of study there was a strange and quiet student named Peter who came up to me one day and said, “God has spoken to me about a problem in your life and I would like to tell you about it at a more suitable time”. I was a bit taken a back by this and went away and prayed hard about this hidden fault, obviously not hidden from Peter. I wondered what it was and was amazed that a person I really didn’t know knew something about me I didn’t know. The problem was Peter over the next two or three weeks kept meeting me in places like the bathroom or car park and each time he said the same thing but I never heard what he claimed God had told him. I must confess this disturbing remark did two things to me it made me feel very guilty but I didn’t know what for and it caused me to pray a lot asking for forgiveness for again something I didn’t know I had done. After two or three weeks of this I got so uptight I spoke to another student who I was growing close to and told him in confidence what another student was doing to me without mentioning his name. My friend said, “you’re not talking about Peter are you”? Surprised I said “how did you know?”

He said well Peter had made this comment to a number of male students and he really did not know what each person’s hidden faults were but he did it because he knew everyone has hidden faults and he saw it as a ministry under God to use this fact to make people more active in their prayers about their hidden faults. The next time Peter made the comment to me I said to him, “I think you should pray about the willful fault you have of telling other people they have hidden faults”. I cannot remember what he said to me but he didn’t make that comment to me again.

This story only reinforces that sin is a very insidious thing and we should include in our prayers sins we are committing that we don’t know we are committing.

2. WILLFUL SINS

The second type of sins David speaks of that God’s word puts it’s spotlight on are willful sins. These are sins we knowingly do sometimes called sins of omission. David of course knew all about these owing to his willful sins of adultery and murder. Notice he does not say may they not happen but rather “may they not rule over me”. David knows that sin is in us all and we need constant forgiveness. Paul makes this very clear in Romans 7 : 18 – 20

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it”.

Paul goes on to point out that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8 : 1) but he like David knows we need to constantly go to God in prayer seeking his forgiveness and help in our battle with willful sins.

David completes the Psalm with the words, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer”.

Here David makes a solemn and humble plea. This plea comes about when David has meditated on the precious and revealing words of God and had the spotlight of those words strike his heart. He is pleading to God for him to help him inwardly and outwardly help him walk or live more closer to him. Completing the Psalm with the two great encouraging things about the God, which he has learnt from his word, a sure hope in times of trouble (rock) and saviour from his many sins, redeemer.

3 NEW TESTAMENT APPLICATIONS FROM PSALM 19

1. MANKIND HAS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT BELIEVING IN GOD

 As I mentioned before, Paul’s words in Romans 1 : 18 – 20 tell us,

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse”.

What Paul us saying here is that the revelation of God in nature is known by all of mankind and this is proven by the fact that all human cultures have some kind of religious belief systems coming out of this knowledge of God.

However Paul goes on to point out that this knowledge of God  has been distorted by sin, Romans 1 : 21 – 25

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

This means God has done two things by sending Jesus to the world. He as firstly made himself much more clearly known and he has provided a answer to the problem of sin and the answer is Jesus dieing for our sins on the cross and making away back to him, the true and ever living God.

    2.   HOW THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN AND WHAT IS IT USEFUL FOR.

According to 2 Timothy 3 : 16 and 17, the bible or scripture is.

“God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God used ordinary men and women to write the bible but as Peter points out in 2 Peter 1 : 20,

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”.

The “men spoke from God by the Holy Spirit is the same as Paul’s words to Timothy about the bible as being “God Breathed”. The Holy Spirit inspired and directed the writers of the Bible so that we have something we all can read and understand yet we still have God speaking to us. In the next section we will see how God primarily did this.

  3.   JESUS GOD’S WORD BECOME FLESH

The writer to the Hebrews commences his letter with these words, Hebrews 1 : 1 – 2,

‘In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe”.

Jesus is the main way God has spoken to us. Other religions Holy Books speak of Angels and Dreams as how God spoke to make them possible but Christianity alone claims that our God spoke to us in person. He did this by becoming one of us. This is what John commences his Gospel with and his words are really worth looking at. John 1 : 1- 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him    nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”

Have just read some pretty amazing words. The God who made the universe so vast and large decided the only way he could both get through to us and save us was by becoming one of us. In verse 14 the words ‘made his dwelling among us” could be easily translated to “pitched his tent among us” and is a great expression to describe what Jesus did by coming to this world as man. I once heard Christmas sermon that was entitle. “This is a visited Planet”, not by aliens but by God himself, in the person of his Son Jesus Christ.

The New Testament then is either, the life and words of Jesus Christ or and explanation and application of that life and words written by those who where eye witnesses to his life and teachings.

I once had two Mormon Missionaries visit my house, I once lived in the next street to a large Mormon Church, and they offered me a copy of the book of Mormons. I said I could not take it for two reasons, first it was not written by one of the eye witnesses of Jesus Life and teaching and therefore could not be considered a part of the bible. The book of  Mormons was written in 1830 by a man named Joseph Smith Jr. who claimed he found buried some Golden Tablets written a strange Egyptian language which he was able to translate when he put on some special rose colored glasses given to him by the Angel Gabriel.

The second reason I could not accept the Book of Mormons was because I did not want to be cursed. They looked at me very strangely and I opened my bible at Revelation 22 : 18,

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book”.

I then pointed out that the apostle John was the last living witness to write, what we know is “The Word of God”, therefore his last prophecy and writings are the last things God has to say to us. I pointed out that I knew that the book of  Mormons was written in 1830 by a man named Joseph Smith Jr. who claimed he found buried some Golden Tablets with some writing on them in a strange Egyptian language which he was able to translate when he put on some special rose colored glasses given to him by the Angel Gabriel. This means that The Book of Mormons was a prophecy added to the last given by The Apostle John and was therefore a book under God’s curse.

They did not take to kindly to my words and left quickly and did not visit my house again.

CONCLUSION

 Many non believers argue that the bible came about because in ancient times some people wanted to manipulate and control others. Others say Jesus and the bible are like Santa Claus, a made up myth.

Myths of course have no real historical backing yet the writings of the New Testament have more historical evidence for there authenticity than any accepted historical writings of their time. Even events that happened much later, which are accepted as fact have not got the historical evidence the bible has.

So far as made up to manipulate and control people, we know that Christians for the first two to three hundred years were not the manipulators or controllers of the world. Quite the opposite the Romans hated and persecuted the early Christians using them as food and sport for their lions. Nero hated Christians so much he blamed them for the great six day fire of Rome in 64 AD. I found the following historical account of this written by a man named Tacitus,

He describes this event as follows:

“Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired”.

Most of the writers of the New Testament were still alive when these words were written and I don’t think those writers got any chance of manipulating or controlling the general populace when they were viewed in this way by the authorities of their day.

Finally some non believers think that if they believe in the Bible and Jesus they will loose their freedom and become slaves to a religion. But quite the accident is true and I will close with the words of Jesus on this,

John 8 : 31 – 32,

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Read the poem based on this Psalm

THE CREATOR’S VOICE

Look to the sky and what do you see

You’ll see glory and majesty on high.

For the creator of life has spoken to you

And his handiwork fills your eye.

 

Feel the heat of the sun each day

It tells you that God is alive.

Re-creating each day so sure and true

God’s word helps us all to revive.

 

Love God’s word for it shows us the way

So put your life in God’s hands.

For he sent down his Son to die for us

And by his amazing grace we can stand.

 

The word of the Lord is good and true

It restores our soul and gives life.

God’s word testifies that God is our rock

And his wisdom gets us through all strife.

 

The word of the Lord shows us what is right

It can bring such joy in your heart.

It shows God’s way and opens your eyes

And through it real wisdom can start.

 

Respect the God who made all you see

Look to him to open your mind.

For there’s nothing sweeter than the word of God

God’s most precious gift to mankind.

 

The word of God has shown us the way

Look to God and answer his call.

And God’s word will show the sins you have done

But his forgiveness is great and sure.

 

The rewards of God are given to those

Who confess to him what they’ve done.

So turn to Christ who died for you

And you’ll see God’s Kingdom come.

 

Let the words of your mouth speak of his love

May your mind reflect God’s grace.

For God is our rock and rescuer

And one day we’ll meet him face to face.

 

Jim Wenman

 

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