This Sunday we’ll be reading this Psalm, and it’s a striking one, at that. I regularly employ the words of the final verse of this psalm before preaching on Sundays. Take a moment to consider those final words:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
It is a prayer for purity of heart, purity of intention, purity of witness.
This psalm is saying that God’s way is the best way, and that all of Creation attests to this reality. Well, all of the inanimate parts of Creation do, anyways. The words of v.14 suggest that people (who have options before them, and who have turned away from God’s intention for them in Creation since the beginning) may not be in accord with the rest of Creation on this.
So when we boil it down, the psalm means that God’s Creation is not opposed to His Word, but that both reveal Him to us. This is the classic Christian argument, that while in Jesus (God’s Word incarnate) we have God’s specific and full revelation of Himself to us, God has placed in Creation His general revelation of Himself to all people. And so the psalm also offers us the further challenge, that we would seek to live up to our Creation.
These days, we might pause to consider our Creator: that we are His creatures; that we are a part of His Creation. What is your part in Creation? Are you fulfilling your part? If the heavens declare God’s glory without the use of words, what do you declare with the use of words? Are you a part of God’s Creation that works with the Creator, or against the Creator? Do you embrace or resist the life and way God has laid out for you?