Praise the Poet, not the Poem!


22 April 2015 by romanin


Psalm 19:1-7 says:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.

Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness.

there is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard.

Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon.  In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun.

Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; like a strong man it enjoys running its course.

It emerges from the distant horizon, and goes from one end of the sky to the other; nothing can escape its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect and preserves one’s life.  The rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.

This often quoted Psalm is a beautiful picture of Romans 1:19-20 which says:

“…what may be known about God is plain to [men], because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

God has, and is, through nature, revealing himself to all of us!  Praise God that David saw it when writing this Psalm1  The last line of the Psalm quote above is what I want to focus on though: the fact that the “rules set down by the Lord are reliable and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.”  David is talking about the laws of nature, the reliable laws of the universe that give us hope each evening that there will indeed be a tomorrow.  “As sure as the sun will rise!…”

We are quite sure that the sun will rise.  Why?  Because of the laws that God has laid down.  the problem with us is that in the hardness of our hearts, we have begun, with science, to worship the laws themselves instead of the one who set those laws in place.

We worship the poem instead of the poet.

Science is not wrong in its revealing to us the laws of the universe.  But because the God who set those laws in motion is beyond our science, we stop at the laws and say that the laws exist because the laws exist, which is circular and ultimately incomplete.

Why does gravity exist?  What caused the big bang?  Science can say to us that gravity exists because it must and that the big bang just happened, that’s it.

When I look at nature, the fact that a dead seed can produce a tree the size of a Sequoia, the fact that I began as one cell in my mother’s womb, the fact that my eye is so intricately built and that I heal when wounded, the fact that the earth, if it were a few kilometers closer to the sun, would be lifeless, I cannot but assume a poet; an author; a creator.


One thought on “Praise the Poet, not the Poem!

  1. Beverly Michalski says:

    Right ON!

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