About Psalm19

thePsalmist on June 19th, 2008

Psalm19 has been a personally owned domain name for many years. At first it was a website for talking about science and theology issues when I was actively researching in that field. The last couple of years has seen it dormant awaiting a new lease of life … and this is it!

Psalm19 is my favourite of the 150 Psalms, but that shouldn’t lead you to think that I don’t also love the others!

Ultimately though, for me, Psalm19 sums up what this blog is all about – the God who would be known.

The Psalm opens with these verses:

Ps 19:1-4

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
2 Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
3 There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
4 Their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.

This Psalm for me talks about  much more than just the glory of God’s creation. Of course it does talk about that, the majesty of the stars and the heavens in general. As a former Astrophysics student (I graduated with a B.Sc(Hons) degree in Physics with Astrophysiscs about 14 years ago now) I love all the talk in the Bible about anything to do with stars and stuff. Just can’t help it.

But it’s about so much more than that. It’s about the God who would be known. It’s about the creator God who has woven the fingerprints of his majesty througout every part of His creation. And I think that’s amazing stuff. When a scientist looks through a microscope they see the fingerprints of God. When a mother pushes a child in a pushchair through a park and they see a squirrel in a tree they see something special about God. When a cosmologist peers into the depths of the universe, it’s there that they see something which God planned for them to see, something which He intended to communicate something of His character and truth. It’s a mystery just how it happens and on this blog I’ll unwrap some more of what I mean over time, but the basic concept is that Psalm19 speaks of a creation which TELLS us about our loving creator God.

So the Psalmist says, “day after day they pour forth speech” and he’s talking about this stunning fact that the creation itself tells us about God.

My belief is that God WANTS to be known. He’s desperate for us to know Him, to love Him, to enjoy a wonderful relationship with Him, and not just a few but everyone! This is why I’ve chosen the name of Psalm19 for a blog about the whole Bible. It’s not just Psalm19 I want to blog about but the whole of God’s word, from Genesis to Revelation. The whole of the Bible is just one of God’s ways of talking to us – it is the primary way for us to know God, and it is complete and perfect. But it is part of the fuller revelation of God through Jesus Christ, through creation, and through the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit today.

Anyway, that’s enough waffle about why I’ve chosen the name Psalm19. I believe in a God who wants to be known, and a creation which cries out about his glory. In this blog I’m unlikely to say anything much that’s new, but it will be my opportunity to share my heart and my faith. I hope you enjoy at least some parts of it, but more than that – I hope you discover more about God’s truth through it!

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