This Psalm tells us that the heavens declare the glory of God while some in our culture would say, ‘no it doesn’t.’ This Psalm tells us we have a glorious word that teaches us how to be free while some in our culture say, ‘no, this word restricts our freedom’. This Psalm tells us we need grace to understand and enjoy the glory that shines around us and the glory in God’s speaking, some in our culture say, ‘no, there is only us and we can save ourselves.’ It turns out there are two ways to live. Facing God or facing away from him.
For further thought
Q: Do you experience creation speaking about the glory of God? When do you hear this?
Q: Some insist the created world speaks of its own glory and they worship aspects of the universe. How would you respond to them?
Q: The Psalmist teaches us that the law of the Lord is glorious – what reasons are given for this glory in verses 7 to 11. How does this compare to your own understanding of say, Leviticus or Exodus?
Q: The Psalm prays for the grace first to see ourselves clearly and second to be changed in ways that honour God’s words (see verses 11-14). Why do we need God’s help to keep us from unintentional as well as deliberate sins?
Q: Why does the Psalm focus on the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts as the seat of sin in our lives?
Seeing creation and hearing it speak (1-6)
– glory that speaks and threatens
Seeing the words of God and hearing them speak (7-11)
– we have a rock: a place to stand
Seeing ourselves and our speech (12-14)
– we need grace: a redeemer