The God who speaks – Pt 1 – Song without words
The German composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote a series of piano pieces called “Songs without Words”. He said that he wanted people to listen to the music and then form their own words to match what the music was telling them. Psalm 19 is a Song of David, written for the Director of Music. It is a song that speaks about the different ways God reveals Himself to us. Today we will look at God’s ‘song without words’ that can be seen in creation.
- From verse 1, what does David see as he looks into the sky? What does this view tell him about the nature and character of God?
- Think of some words that describe the sky during the day…and some words you associate with the sky during the night. What do these tell about God? What is your response as you think about these things?
- What things can you think of that show that the universe is created and ordered by God and not just the result of some random evolutionary process? (eg. tide charts)
Creation sings of the glory of God. The song that pours forth paints the picture of a gushing spring continually pouring out fresh water. Likewise, David is saying, the skies continually pour out fresh words of revelation about God. We do not worship the sun or the moon or the stars, but we do worship their Creator. Our complex universe, which runs so perfectly day after day, tells us of a Creator who is all-powerful, all-knowing and in control of everything.
- From verses 3 and 4 what do you learn about how far the witness of the heavens reaches?
- How does this ‘song without words’ ensure that everyone who is willing to listen can understand what the skies are telling them about God?
Verses 3 and 4 tell how creation’s voice reaches to the ends of the world, then verses 5 and 6 pan out to focus on the sun. The sun is a wonderful example of the glory of God being seen throughout the entire universe. David pictures the sun making its journey across the whole sky with power and rejoicing. He uses two images to describe this journey. He says it is like a devoted bridegroom coming out of his tent to be with his bride; or like a champion athlete determined to finish a race.
- What invisible qualities of God have always been evident in creation?
- Why are godless and wicked people without excuse when they face God’s judgement?
The skies plainly give a message in a universal language that everyone, everywhere, can understand. But sadly most people ignore this message and choose to live as if God does not exist. Yet, as amazing as creation is, it is still limited in what it can tell us. Next time we will look at the rest of the Psalm that reveals even more of God’s great plan and purposes for all creation. In the meantime, you might like to share with someone what you learn about God from creation.
Something to sing about
You may like to listen to one or more of these songs: Creation Song (Fernando Ortega); Lord of Creation (Jack Copley Winslow); Indescribable (Chris Tomlin).
Thank you for taking me on a journey
with you Chris and for challenging my