The Heavens and the Scriptures

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 19:1-14

C.S. Lewis considered this “the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics of the world.” It begins with six verses about nature, moves effortlessly to five verses about God’s law and closes with a moving personal prayer. It guides our thinking on two crucial questions: “How can I know God?” and “How should I live?” In answer it refers us to two books, the “book of nature,” the wordless revelation of God open to people of all languages, and the book we call the Bible.

The psalmist focuses on the majesty of the heavens, and portrays the sun as a bridegroom coming from his chamber and a champion rejoicing to run his course. It is little wonder that some cultures worship the sun. However, as we look beyond nature to the Creator, God becomes the true object of our worship.

But to know how to live, and to guide our understanding of the Creator, we need the written word. Its powerful impact on us is vividly described; it revives the soul, makes the simple wise and gives joy to the heart. For Christians this written word includes the good news of Jesus Christ, through whom we have forgiveness of both “hidden faults” and “willful sins,” and his presence and grace as we seek to live a life of joy and peace.


May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and Redeemer. Amen.