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									                       Psalm 19
   The creatures show God’s glory, the Word shows his grace.  
He who here sings about the work of God in the world around him, 
            pleads for a work of grace within himself.

         Sean Bird – teacher of calculus & physics at
I want to know how God
created this world. I want to
know His thoughts, the rest
are details.
- Albert Einstein, not a Christian, 
but firmly denies atheism
1879-1955




   God
 created
everything
    by
 number,
                           I think that each individual man should do all he can to impress his 
weight and
                           own mind with the extent, the order, and the unity of the universe, 
 measure.                  and should carry these ideas with him as he reads such passages 
  -Sir Isaac               as the 1st Chap. of the Ep. to Colossians (see Lightfoot on 
   Newton                  Colossians, p.182), just as enlarged conceptions of the extent and 
    1642-1727
                           unity of the world of life may be of service to us in reading Psalm 
                           viii, Heb ii 6, etc.   - James Clerk Maxwell, founder of E&M 1831-1879
               Psalm 19 overview
In his earliest days the psalmist, while keeping his father's flock,
   had devoted himself to the study of God's two great books—
   nature and Scripture; …
 How foolish and wicked are those who instead of accepting the
   two sacred tomes, and delighting to behold the same divine
   hand in each, spend all their wits in endeavouring to find
   discrepancies and contradictions. We may rest assured that
   the true "Vestiges of Creation" will never contradict Genesis,
   nor will a correct "Cosmos" be found at variance with the
   narrative of Moses.
He is wisest who reads both the world-book, and the
  Word-book as two volumes of the same work, and
  feels concerning them, "My Father wrote them both."
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.                  7 The law of the LORD is perfect, 
   1 The heavens declare the glory of God;                         reviving the soul. 
        the skies proclaim the work of his hands.                  The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, 
   2 Day after day they pour forth speech;                         making wise the simple. 
        night after night they display knowledge.               8 The precepts of the LORD are right, 
   3 There is no speech or language                                giving joy to the heart. 
        where their voice is not heard.                            The commands of the LORD are radiant, 
   4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,                      giving light to the eyes. 
        their words to the ends of the world.                   9 The fear of the LORD is pure, 
        In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,          enduring forever. 
   5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his         The ordinances of the LORD are sure 
    pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.         and altogether righteous. 
   6 It rises at one end of the heavens                         10 They are more precious than gold, 
        and makes its circuit to the other;                        than much pure gold; 
        nothing is hidden from its heat.                           they are sweeter than honey, 
                                                                   than honey from the comb. 
                                                                11 By them is your servant warned; 
  Psalm 19




                         12 Who can discern his errors?         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.
        Genesis 3:6

The woman saw that the tree was



 NO !
1. Good for food
2. A delight to the eyes
3. To be desired to make one wise



My question is, WAS IT? 
Did this match reality?
The heavens declare the
glory of God;
                          The book of nature 
                          has three volumes: 
                          heaven, earth, and 
                             sea, of which 
                           heaven is the first 
                              and the most 
                          glorious, and by its 
                           aid we are able to 
                          see the beauties of 
                             the other two.
For he has raised everywhere, in all places and in all things, his
 ensigns and emblems, under blazons so clear and intelligible
 that no one can pretend ignorance in not knowing such a
 sovereign Lord, who has so amply exalted his magnificence;
 who has, in all parts of the world, in heaven and on earth,
 written and as it were engraved the glory of his power,
 goodness, wisdom, and eternity.
Paul has therefore said quite rightly that the Lord has never left
 himself without a witness [Acts 14:17]; even among those to
 whom he has not sent any knowledge of his Word. It is
 evident that all creatures, from those in the firmament to those
 which are in the center of the earth, are able to act as
 witnesses and messengers of his glory to all men …
For the little birds that sing, sing of God; the beasts roar for
 him; the elements dread him, the mountains echo him, the
 fountains and flowing waters cast their glances at him, and
 the grass and flowers laugh before him. 

              John Calvin pg35-36 Commentaries, Available online at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom.pdf
                                “From the Christian point of view, every
                               fact of the space-time universe is created
                                 by God and is what it is by virtue of its
                                  place in the plan of God” - Cornelius VanTil
Rev 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
  Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech 




                                                                         Hubble Space Telescope
                                                                                                       Infrared Array Camera
                                                                                  (HST)
                                                       Cassiopeia A                                         Visible Light
                                                                      Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)
                                                                                                      Chandra X-ray Telescope
                                                                       Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Any part of creation has more instruction in it than human mind will 
ever exhaust, but the celestial realm is peculiarly rich in spiritual 
lore… 
Every moment God's existence, power, wisdom and goodness, are 
being sounded abroad by the heavenly heralds which shine upon 
us from above… 
He who would imagine infinity must peer into the boundless 
expanse; he who desires to see divine wisdom should consider the 
balancing of the orbs; he who would know divine fidelity must mark 
the regularity of the planetary motions; and he who would attain 
some conceptions of divine power, greatness, and majesty, must 
estimate the forces of attraction, the magnitude of the fixed stars, 
and the brightness of the whole celestial train. 
It is not merely glory that the heavens declare, but the "glory of
God," for they deliver to us such unanswerable arguments for a 
conscious, intelligent, planning, controlling, and presiding Creator, 
that no unpredjudiced person can remain unconvinced by them. 
    Historic Presuppositions of Science
    l The world is real – If one believes the world is not really 
          there, then there is not an incentive to investigate it. But the 
          Christian doctrine of a real creation provides an incentive (Gen 1:1; 
          Neh 9:6; Rev 4:11). 
    l The universe is good – Even with the Fall, this 
          goodness is not eradicated. This higher view of nature led to the 
          Christian belief that the material world is worthy of investigation 
          (Gen 1:31; Ps 111:2,3; 1Tim 4:4). 
                                               “There is need of art and 
The early chemist Jean-Baptiste van Helmont 
                                               more exacting toil in 
insisted that the pursuit of science is 
                                               order to investigate the 
“a good gift,” given by God.
                                               motion of the stars, to 
                                               determine their assigned 
                                               stations, to measure 
                                               their intervals, to note 
            1580-1644                          their properties.” (I.v.1)
 Limitations of General Revelation
  “to what avail is the loudest 
   declaration to a deaf man, or 
   the clearest showing to one 
   spiritually blind? God the Holy 
   Ghost must illuminate us, or 
   all the suns in the milky way 
   never will.” 
the skies proclaim the
  work of His hands.
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                                                         Strange is it that
                                                         some who love God
                                                         are yet afraid to study
                                                         the God-declaring
                    The nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1569, 
                    photo taken by Hubble Telescope      book of nature
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
   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. 
                                           How beautiful this dome of sky,
                                         And the vast hills in fluctuation fixed
  Psalm 19




                                     At thy command, how awful! Shall the soul,
                                          Human and rational, report of Thee
                                  Even less than these? Be mute who will, who can,
                                    Yet I will praise thee with impassioned voice.
                                     My lips, that may forget thee in the crowd,
                                   Cannot forget thee here, where thou hast built
                                       For thine own glory, in the wilderness!
                                           William Wordsworth, 1770-1850.
      The lessons of day & night
7. Night invites us to rest in Him




                       6. Day bids us work for God


•   The changeful character of       4. Our utter powerlessness in 
    earthly things                       getting back time that is past
•   The brevity both of joy and      5. The irresistible approach of 
    sorrow                               eternity
•   The preciousness of life
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
   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.  Jesus Christ is called the 
   6 It rises at one end of the heavens                    Word, for he is a far more 
        and makes its circuit to the other; 
                                                          distinct display of Godhead 
        nothing is hidden from its heat. 
                                                        than all the heavens can 
                                                      afford; they are, after all, but 
  Psalm 19




                                                      dumb instructors; neither star 
                                                      nor sun can arrive at a word, 
                                                     but Jesus is the express image 
                                                      of Jehovah's person, and his 
                                                       name is the Word of God. 
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
   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. 
             Jonathan Edwards “It appears to me very likely that the Holy Ghost
  Psalm 19




             in these expressions which he most immediately uses about the
             rising of the sun, has an eye to the rising of the Sun of
             Righteousness from the grave …He rose as the joyful, glorious
             bridegroom of his church; for Christ, especially as risen again,
             is the proper bridegroom, or husband, of his church, as the
             apostle teaches (Romans 7:4), "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also
             are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should
             be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead,
             that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”
                                               7 The law of the LORD is perfect, 
    “The law of the Lord is perfect,
                                          reviving the soul. 
         converting the soul.”            The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, 
                                          making wise the simple. 
The great means of the conversion      8 The precepts of the LORD are right, 
                                          giving joy to the heart. 
of sinners is the Word of God, and        The commands of the LORD are radiant, 
the more closely we keep to it in       giving light to the eyes. 
                                       9 The fear of the LORD is pure, 
 our ministry the more likely we        enduring forever. 
      are to be successful.”              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, 
 “The testimony of the Lord is sure.” 
                                          than honey from the comb. 
                                       11 By them is your servant warned; 
 Psalm 19




                                          in keeping them there is great reward. 
   God bears his testimony against sin, and on behalf of righteousness;
   he testifies of our fall and of our restoration; this testimony is plain,
   decided, and infallible, and is to be accepted as sure. God's witness
   in his Word is so sure that we may draw solid comfort from it both for
   time and eternity, and so sure that no attacks made upon it however
   fierce or subtle can ever weaken its force. What a blessing that in a
   world of uncertainties we have something sure to rest upon! 
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.                  7 The law of the LORD is perfect, 
   1 The heavens declare the glory of God;                         reviving the soul. 
        the skies proclaim the work of his hands.                  The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, 
   2 Day after day they pour forth speech;                         making wise the simple. 
        night after night they display knowledge.               8 The precepts of the LORD are right, 
   3 There is no speech or language                                giving joy to the heart. 
        where their voice is not heard.                            The commands of the LORD are radiant, 
   4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,                      giving light to the eyes. 
        their words to the ends of the world.                   9 The fear of the LORD is pure, 
        In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,          enduring forever. 
   5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his         The ordinances of the LORD are sure 
    pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.         and altogether righteous. 
   6 It rises at one end of the heavens                         10 They are more precious than gold, 
        and makes its circuit to the other;                        than much pure gold; 
        nothing is hidden from its heat.                           they are sweeter than honey, 
                                                                   than honey from the comb. 
                                                                11 By them is your servant warned; 
  Psalm 19




                         12 Who can discern his errors?         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.
5. 7 Jehovah’s perfect law
 Restores the soul again;
 His testimony sure
 Gives wisdom unto men;
 8
  The precepts of the LORD are right,
 And fill the heart with great delight.
6. The LORD’s command is pure,
 Enlightening the eyes;
  9
   Jehovah’s fear is clean,
 More lasting than the skies.
 The judgments of the LORD express
 His truth and perfect righteousness.
7. 10They’re more to be desired
  Than stores of finest gold;
  Than honey from the comb
  More sweetness far they hold.
11
  With warnings they Thy servant guard
 In keeping them is great reward
8. 12His errors who can know?
 Cleanse me from hidden stain
   13
     Keep me from willful sins,
 Nor let them o’er me reign.
 And then I upright shall appear
 And be from great transgression clear.
9. 14 Let all the words I speak
 And all the thoughts within
 Come up before Thy sight
 And Thine approval win.
 O Thou Jehovah, unto me
 My rock and my Redeemer be.

								
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