Psalm 19: 1-14

New Resources

  • Exegesis (Psalm 19)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Lent 3B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Proper 21B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 21B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    A man newly arrived in New York City hails a taxi. He gets into the backseat and gives the driver his destination address. The driver takes off on the streets of Manhattan and as they approach a red light, the taxi driver sails on through. “What are you doing!?” the passenger cries out. “Don’t worry” the driver says, “My brother Felix does it all the time!” Soon they come up on another red light and again the taxi drives through the intersection. “You’re going to get me killed” the man sighs. “Don’t worry—my brother Felix does it all the time!” Finally they come up on another intersection and as they get to it, the light turns green. The passenger breathes a sigh of relief even as the taxi driver screeches to a halt. “Now what are you doing?” the passengers asks. “Hey,” the driver replies, “My brother Felix might be coming from the other way!” There is a certain inescapable logic to the existence of most laws. We can flout some laws, break some laws, ignore some laws but not only do we do so to our peril, the orderliness that laws make possible has a funny way of reasserting itself too. It seems to have something to do with how the world got made in the first place.
  • Lent 3B (2021)

    by James Limburg
  • Proper 21B (2021)

    by James K. Mead
  • Lent 3B (2021)

    by Kelvin St. John
    Perhaps you have seen the Extreme Makeover TV series in which a team of experts does an extraordinary renovation on a house. When the project is finished, a huge bus blocks the family and friends’ view of the house. The show’s host leads the crowd in chanting, “Move that bus!” The bus moves out of the way to reveal the handiwork of the team of designers and builders. Were we to watch the show enough, we would begin to see a design and know something about its designer, based on how they work with molding, window treatments, or cabinetry. Now imagine standing in a crowd with the psalmist, whose hymn is about to reveal God to us, as we chant, “Move that bus!” As fun as this thought is, Psalm 19 does a ‘God reveal’ so much better than a bus does. It is God who has chosen to reveal himself to us. The Holy Spirit breathed this psalm through the psalmist as part of God’s self-revelation. In Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis declared, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”...
  • Proper 19B (2021)

    by Roland Tedder
  • Proper 19B

    by Howard Wallace
  • God's Glory, The Law and Beyond

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    Franz Joseph Haydn, probably the greatest composer of his age, who left a rich legacy of oratorios and symphonies, was once asked where he obtained his musical inspirations and ideas. Simple in his lifelong Catholic faith, he answered, “Well, you see, I get up early, and as soon as I have dressed I go down on my knees and pray God that I may have another successful day. Then when I’ve had some breakfast, I sit down at the clavier and begin my search. But if I can’t get on, I know that I must have forfeited God’s grace by some fault of mine, and then I pray once more for grace.” Paradise Lost. He had to be carried, due to illness, to the gala Vienna performance of The Creation. In a tremendous ovation the distinguished audience rose with thunderous applause as a tribute to his genius. Franz Joseph Haydn protested and, pointing his hand toward heaven, exclaimed, “This did not come from me—it all comes from above.”...

Illustrated Resources from the Archives

  • Sermon Starters (Lent 3B)(2015)

    by Doug Bratt
    People have always considered gold to be one of the most valuable minerals in the whole world. So the psalmist may have shocked his contemporaries when he insisted that God’s law is “more precious than gold.” Yet in the last decade alone the price of gold in American dollars has risen about 450%, from about $260.00 to over $1200.00 an ounce. One analyst predicts the price of gold will jump as high as $2200.00. So can God’s people still insist God’s law is “more precious than … much pure gold”?
  • The Word of the Lord

    by Craig Condon
    As Ryder and Josh set plates and forks on the table for lunch, a dog started barking outside. “There Sarge goes again,” said Ryder with a sigh. “He’s always barking.” “This bark sounds different than usual,” said Mom. “Maybe one of you boys should go check it out.” “Aw, Mom, we’re busy,” said Josh. “Besides, Sarge barks at everything–squirrels, people, cars. You name it, he barks at it.” Since Mom didn’t insist, no one checked to see why Sarge was barking. When Josh and Ryder went out to ride their bikes later that afternoon, they stopped and stared at the empty garage. “Where are our bikes?” asked Josh. “I don’t believe it!” cried Ryder. “They’re gone! Who would have the nerve to come into our garage in broad daylight and take our bikes right out from under our noses?” “After all the work we did mowing lawns to buy those bikes,” said Josh. “Now this!” The boys rushed into the house. “Our new bikes are gone! Someone stole them!” Everyone hurried out to see for themselves. Dad returned to the house to call the police department and report the loss. When he came back outside, he stopped to pet Sarge. “Didn’t we hear Sarge barking a couple hours ago?” he asked. “He was trying to warn us, and we didn’t listen to him.”...
  • Who's There?

    by Jim Eaton
    Fred Craddock talks about his first church, a little church in a rural area. When a highway was built nearby, a trailer park sprung up for the workers and their families. He was a young minister and I guess he didn’t understand about tribes because he suggested to his deacons that they should do something to invite those people. After he pushed on the issue, the church met to discuss it. They voted on it, they voted to require that anyone own property in the county before they became a member of the church. Craddock moved on. Many years later, after he retired, he was in the area and he went looking for that church. He found it and the parking lot was full, there was a neon sign and a crowd of people. The church had closed long before; it was a barbecue restaurant...
  • Epiphany 3C (2019)

    by Scott Hoezee
    One of the most stunning and now famous pictures ever snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope is this one of what some have dubbed “The Pillars of Creation”. These gaseous structures are mammoth—they are over a light year in height (that’s 5,880,000,000,000 miles high). And what is wondrous about these structures is that they are nurseries for newborn stars. Although very distant from earth—and so we are looking very far into the past when we see such a picture—this is evidence, as astronomer Deborah Haarsma notes, that God’s act of creation was not something that was long ago over and done with. God is still making new stars today. Creation is ongoing. And day after day it pours forth speech.
  • Proper 22A (2017)

    by Stan Mast
    It wasn’t just the ancient Near East that believed in the divinity of the heavenly bodies and their power over our lives. While not exactly naming the Sun, Moon and Stars as gods, folks who believe in horoscopes look to the positioning and alignment of those heavenly bodies for life advice. And mega-events like the recent total solar eclipse arouse great enthusiasm about the possibility of life change. One person interviewed in national TV before the eclipse opined that the event might bring a whole new day to America, causing a renewal of hope and goodness in our broken and desperate country. On the other hand, who can ever forget the scornful words of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. As he orbited the earth very early in the race to space, he said, “Well, here I am in the heavens and I see no signs of God.” Both the superstitious and the skeptical need to hear the message of Psalm 19. The heavens are not God, but they do proclaim his God’s glory.
  • A Sermon Without Words

    by Jack McKinney
  • Lent 3B (2003)

    by Tod Mundo
    ("If Haydn's Creation deals with the sublime, the Grateful Dead's Truckin' deals with the mundane, but one stanza captures a sense of wonder, and even confusion, that everyone feels from time to time. In fact, if Jesus had been familiar with the lyrics, they might have been running through his mind as he stumbled along the Via Dolorosa carrying the cross...")
  • Engaged in Folly

    by Larry Patten
    ("At the first church I served, the senior pastor called me into his office. He opened a cupboard door under his bookcase. There, on a shelf, spanning more than the length of my arm, were manila file folders. They stood upright, tightly stacked together. He gestured toward the files and mentioned that yesterday a clergy colleague's widow brought the files to him. They represented forty years of sermons from her spouse. The widow had asked him: 'Would you like them?' Does it matter, this thing we do? Do the 'words of my mouth' make enough difference in the world?...")

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