Psalms 19:1 A Model Witness

Psalms 19:1 (KJV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

I think we tend to look at the witness of Creation as the first, but the most incomplete form of witness. It tells us that there is a God, but we have no other information about Him. The rest of the Psalm addresses this problem. But I want to consider the example of this witness.

It is constant
Day unto day and night unto night

It is verbal
Uttereth speech

It is educational
Sheweth knowledge

It is missionary
Gone out through all the earth

It is worshipful
Hath set a tabernacle

It is messianic
As a bridegroom

It is eschatological
Coming out of His chamber

It is a warning
Nothing hid from the heat thereof

On a further observational note, I see that
It is not aggressive.
There is a difference between constant and aggressive.

It is not offensive
I know very few who mind a good look at the stars

It is not coercive
Multitudes study the creation and come to wrong conclusions

It is trusting
God is omnipotent. 

We need not concern ourselves with the outcome. We need only be the witness God has made us to be.

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Psalms 19:1 A Model Witness

Psalms 17:4 A Way to Escape

Psalms 17:4 (KJV)
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

This passage seems easy to understand.

There is what he calls the works of men
This is the impulse of the flesh. It can refer to that “wood, hay and stubble”[1] when a person wastes his life in whatever earthly, temporal pursuit he chooses. It would certainly also include those acts of humanity the Bible describes as “excess of riot.”[2]

These works are further described as “the paths of the destroyer”
They are not what God would have of us. They are the steps of the devil. If he can lead a man to do nothing more than waste his life, then he has succeeded. Often, he can lead them on a much more destructive path than even that.

It is the Word of God that lights a path away from such destruction
And so, it is such an utter and absolute shame that men spend so little time reading and meditating upon the Words from God’s lips.


[1] 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (KJV)
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

[2] 1 Peter 4:4 (KJV)
Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

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Psalms 17:4 A Way to Escape

Psalms 16:8 Before and Beside Us

Psalms 16:8 (KJV)
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

He set the LORD before him, and then the LORD came beside him.

A few verses down, the LORD is at the right hand of God.[1] We should consider these terms (in relationship to ourselves) as representative.

He is before us
To lead us and guide us. To make way for us. To walk where we must soon walk. He is before us to protect us and guard us. He sees the dangers before we do. He makes them known to us. He often takes on the threat in our place.

He is beside us
At our right hand. He supports us and strengthens us. He also comforts and befriends us. We are not alone. We have a friend that “sticketh closer than a brother.”[2] His presence beside us elevates us and places us in a company we would not otherwise come to know.


[1] Psalms 16:11 (KJV)
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

[2] Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Psalms 16:8 Before and Beside Us

Psalms 13:1 Have You Met Him?

Psalms 13:1 (KJV)
A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

I have long agreed with the counsel that the Psalms are the place to read whenever we are going through difficult times. The Psalms address every sort of emotional pain under every kind of circumstance imaginable.

This is an excellent illustration of this. When in the midst of the storm, we often feel like it’s going to last forever.

The truth is, no storm lasts forever. By the way, no sunshine does either. Life is filled with mountaintops and valleys. Some indeed seem to experience higher mountaintops, and some have lower valleys, but all people have both.

The storm you are currently in will end sometime. They do not last forever.

Only eternity is forever. Some forever experience eternal life in the presence of God. Some will forever experience torments in the lake of fire and brimstone.

The difference is Jesus Christ.

Have you met Him?

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Psalms 13:1 Have You Met Him?

Psalms 11:1 Why Flee?

Psalms 11:1 (KJV)
In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

Albert Barnes sets this verse up as a contrast between the believers and those enemies of the Lord.

“…how can you give me such counsel, as if I were to run away from danger, and to put no trust in God? He seems to have supposed that such an act of flight would have been construed by his enemies, and by the enemies of religion, as evidence that he had no faith or confidence in God.”

Though the world may view it as the common and prudent way to address evil and avoid danger, the Christian finds a different refuge than the mountains. He finds the strength to stay in confidence rather than to flee in fear.

It seems to me that the question is bigger than this because it is obvious God used the flight of the believers in Jerusalem under the persecution of Saul. But, it’s interesting, isn’t it that the Christians scattered everywhere but the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem?

Paul is later shown to flee at times and to stand his ground and other times.

It seems to me then that the answer is neither staying nor fleeing but in trusting the Lord. We ought to be so in tune with the Lord where we know it is the Lord who is leading us either way.

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Psalms 11:1 Why Flee?

2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

2 Corinthians 12:2 (KJV)
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

I knew a man
The context allows us to understand this man to be Paul. He uses the third person to detach himself somewhat and remove from the passage any cause for self-glory. Indeed, the entire passage is designed to remove from Paul any self-glory. All anyone need ever know about Paul is what they see and hear.[1]

I knew a man above fourteen years ago
I’m thinking of myself fourteen years or more ago. I’m thinking of those days just beginning the pastorate in Astoria about thirty-eight years ago. All of that seems more like a dream than reality these days. I know it happened. I know I was there. I know we started with absolutely nothing. I know some people hurt us so terribly. I know others stayed by us. I know God did miraculous things to care for us, provide for us, and to bring us to the place we are today.

I want to, even need to tell those stories. But they are almost unreal in my memory and maybe seem irrelevant to those who might hear.

Is that some of what Paul expressed?


[1] 2 Corinthians 12:6 (KJV)
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

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2 Corinthians 12:2 I Knew a Man

2 Corinthians 11:6 Effectiveness in the Message

2 Corinthians 11:6 (KJV)
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

The Apostle’s only genuine concern was that he minister to the souls of these people. He wasn’t trying to impress anyone or build himself up to be someone. He only wanted to present them chaste before the Lord Jesus Christ.[1]

There are three parts to this verse that contribute to his effectiveness in the message:

Rudeness of speech
The word has to do with a simple or unlearned pattern of speech. Interestingly, we know that Paul was quite well educated. Any plainness in his speech patterns then, was intentional. He chose not to use a manner of speaking that would bring attention to his education but instead would bring clarity to his message. He put all his cookies on the bottom shelf.

Knowledge
Though his manner of speech was plain, his level of knowledge in the things of God was far from limited. The Apostle’s relationship with the Lord was personal. His understanding of the plan of God was deep. His experience as a man of God was full. One would miss nothing if his teacher were Paul.

Transparency
Rather than impress people with his knowledge by using excellency of speech, Paul elected to demonstrate Christian truth by being fully transparent in his life. This choice had its hiccups. Some then found things to fault him. Some could suggest people would not grow to maturity as quickly this way. The truth is knowledge in the things of God does not produce maturity. Genuineness does.

Paul chose genuine Christianity over quick results.


[1] 2 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV)
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

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2 Corinthians 11:6 Effectiveness in the Message

Psalms 5:1 Consider Our Meditation

Psalms 5:1 (KJV)
A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Consider that God would consider our meditations, the ponderings of our mind and soul about the Word of God.

Psalms 1:1-2 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

  • He hears our prayers
  • He delights in our conversations concerning Him and 
  • He takes thought of our study of His Word and those things we meditate over from it.

Truly this is a blessing.

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Psalms 5:1 Consider Our Meditation

Psalms 3:1 No Reason to Fear

Psalms 3:1 (KJV)
LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

The Psalmist acknowledged three things:

  • That his enemies had increased
  • That many people said God could not help him
  • That God was his shield and his glory

So, while the trouble had gotten worse, God had not changed. Perhaps more importantly, his trust in God had not changed.

In the midst of this trouble:

  • He believed God[1]
  • He prayed to God[2] and then
  • He rested in the assurance of God[3]

This sort of faith has no reason to fear any number of enemies. They are nothing before the Lord.


[1] Psalms 3:3 (KJV)
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

[2] Psalms 3:4 (KJV)
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

[3] Psalms 3:5 (KJV)
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

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Psalms 3:1 No Reason to Fear

Psalms 2:3 To Be Free from God?

Psalms 2:3 (KJV)
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

The Sweet Psalmist was very specific. The kings of the earth, and those that rule with them take counsel and conspire:

  • Against the Lord and
  • Against His anointed

to break free of them. In other words, they want liberty from God. They do not want His constraints. Do they not desire His authority over them.

They take counsel against the Lord but also against His anointed because it is they who call them into account. A person could point to King David as being the Lord’s anointed. That would be accurate. Indeed, it would apply concerning David’s lineage and Jesus Christ.

I think it reaches past David, though, and could apply to every child of God. We are kings and priests unto God, and Jesus has made us so. We are salt and light, and our very presence exposes and reproves the unfruitful works of darkness.

Human authority strives with all they are worth to be free from God and anyone who reminds them of Him.

Much better to run into the light and let the bondage of sin, Satan, and self be broken.

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Psalms 2:3 To Be Free from God?