Psalms 19-20

Psalms 19-20

Chapter 19: God’s Knowledge is Forever

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

                “Some believe that the Chief Musician is the Lord God Himself, and others believe that he was a  leader of choirs or musicians in David’s time, such as Heman the Singer or Asaph (see: 1 Chronicles 6:33, 16:17, and 25:6).

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shewth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night shewth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard”  (Psalms 19:1-3) 

If you have ever stepped outside and looked around, you would have noticed that God’s creations are all around us! If you are reading this and you do not believe in God… I urge you to look around (especially at night) and ask yourself… How did this all come to be? Clearly someone or something had to be behind it… and I think it is clear that it was more than just an explosion of random life.

The first three verses of this chapter reminds me of another scripture in Isaiah 28:10 which reads; “…precept upon precept; line upon line… here a little, and there a little;”

God teaches His people “line upon line”, knowledge to be had, must be gained. In order to gain something like knowledge you have to learn it. In order to learn something you must be taught, and with steps or procedures… “line upon line”. God’s word is not complete and as long as there is a God (which I can testify that there is), His words have yet to end.

David looked to the heavens, and in the night sky with the moon, stars and firmament he was able to clearly see the glory of God.

David goes on to explain the Law of the Lord; “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalms 19:7)

                David knew that the Lord was perfect and through Him one can be wise or be made to have knowledge… even if they were “simple”. This reminds me of when I was on my LDS mission in Honduras. I worried that I was unable to teach the people of that area in their native tongue. Learning Spanish for me was a huge daunting task, but the Lord promised me; “For with stammering lips and another tongue will… [you] …speak to this people.” (Isaiah 28:11)

Chapter 20: The Lord Saves the Anointed

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

This is a very simple Psalm; David prays to the Lord and asks him to hear his prayer in times of trouble. David also explains that the Lord will save those who are anointed. In other words those who are His people, who have followed His commandments, will be part of His Salvation.

Psalms 1-2

Psalms 1-2

Chapter 1: The Godly/Ungodly

“For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:6)

The godly and the ungodly are compared in this Psalm. The first verse of this Psalm tells us;
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…” (Psalm 1:1) Blessed translates the Hebrew word “esher,” which has the idea of happiness or contentment. Esher comes from the Hebrew word ashar, which in its root means “to be straight” or “to be right.” Blessed is the man speaks of the happiness, the blessedness, the contentment in the life of the man or woman who is right or “straight” with God. The righteous man will be a blessed man, a happy man.

So what does the “blessed man” do?

He “…delight(s) in the law of the Lord…” (Job 1:2), meaning he follows every law and by so doing, shows his faith and love for God. Throughout the Psalms, the phrase law of the Lord is used to describe God’s entire word, not only the “law” portion of the first five books of the Bible. The righteous man delights in the word of God!

So what happens to the “ungodly man”?

The ungodly men (and women) are like the “…chaff (The husks of corn or other seed separated by threshing) which the wind driveth away.” (Job 1:4)

Essentially the ungodly are like the seeds that where threshed and then driven away by the wind. This makes them completely useless and out of control. This takes us back the first quoted verse… the Lord knows the way of the righteous, and he BLESSES THE BLESSED MEN!

Chapter 2: The Heathen and the Anointed

“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling… Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Job 2:11-12)

Like many Psalms, the theme of Psalm 2 is emphasized in the final verse. We can defy God and perish, or surrender to Him and be blessed. The Psalm itself does not identify its author, but Acts 4:25-26 tells us that David was the author.

“Why do the heathen rage… The kings of the earth set themselves, against the Lord…” (Psalms 2:1-2)

Nations have no reason to rage against God, and they have no benefit in raging against Him. Their opposition against God is nothing but a vain thing. Yet, throughout all history we have seen kings, tyrants, dictators and presidents take on God without any fear! History has also told us that this NEVER works out! God and his faithful will always triumph!

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision (mockery)” (Job 2:4)

God looks at the way man plots against Him and He laughs. God isn’t afraid or confused or about man. God laughs at it. Again, evil never triumphs. God knows the outcome and rest assured, in the end of it all, good triumphs over evil.

God (or the author of this Psalm) send out a warning to the leaders of the world…  “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling” (Job 2:10-11)

                Can we see this today? Certainly. The world is slowly rejecting God, Jesus and their teachings. Worse, they show no regard of the consequences that they are bestowing upon themselves and the people, for whom they “lead”.