Summer is officially here. Or perhaps I should say: “[The sun] goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.” Of course, this verse from Psalm 19 about the heat of the sun touching everything is really about the glory of God revealed in every part of His creation. It’s an idea that the Apostle Paul picks up in his Epistle to the Romans. And when Paul quotes Psalm 19, he reinforces the idea that God’s plan for salvation is for the whole world. It always has been. God’s creative word gave birth to the heavens, and it gives understanding to those who receive it. In turn, the use of the psalm by Paul and others shows us how the earliest Christians understood this ancient prayer.
I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of months unpacking the psalms as prophetic prayers, as they are presented to us in the New Testament Scriptures. Join me starting this Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. for Summer Bible Study: The Psalms as Songs of Jesus.