Psalm 24, part 2

“For He laid its foundation over the seas,

and He built it over the rivers.(Psalm 24:2)

 

David continues his praise of God for what He has done.  The earth belongs to God not only because God has created it, but also because God has separated the land from the seas and made the land firm against the waters of the sea and the rivers.  To describe this, David employs the metaphor of a wise builder, laying the foundation of the land at the corners of the sea and then building upwards.  In the days of the ancient Jews, the seas were seen as a place of chaos and death, which is part of the significance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites through both the Red Sea and the Jordan River on dry land.  God not only has created the earth, but he has also set the order of all things and all things stand or fall in conformity to his will.

How proud we are of our monuments.  We build towers and sky-scrapers and stand in awe of the achievements that we have made.  We build suspension bridges that span great distances and marvel at our accomplishments.  We design nuclear reactors and wonder at the potential power output, but, oh, what is a reactor to the sun, and what is the sun to the millions of stars in the sky!  What is a skyscraper to a mountain that stands miles above the oceans!  And what is a suspension bridge to an isthmus!  Oh, the wonders that our God has made should drive us to praise!  The earth declares the majesty and wonder of our Lord and mankind largely views these things and rejects the truth before their eyes.  Oh, how arrogant is the heart of man.

From the greatest thing to the smallest thing, God has established their form, their purpose, and their nature.  From the smallest single-celled organism to the giant sea creatures, God has designed, intended, and purposed them for his glory.  From the smallest particle to the largest star or black hole, God has set them into their place.  Yet, even in light of the incredible complexity of the universe, much of mankind would rather credit creation to chance than to a divine architect.  Why is this?  It is because if you recognize the existence of a divine person, you immediately acknowledge that you have an obligation to him.  The unbeliever wants to be obliged to no one but to himself, thus, they create complex myths by which they explain things and defend them dogmatically, seeking to intimidate others into embracing their own view of the world.

This is the only strength of the evolutionary theory, it is dogmatically held by its believers and they make as if you are a simpleton if you do not hold to the same principles that they hold to.  Yet, we know better, for we have a God who shows us that there is meaning not only in the universe, but also in human beings.  Mankind has purpose because God created us for a purpose and people have special worth, because we are created in the image of God.  What is interesting about this whole argument is that most of modern science has rejected evolution as an impossibility.  Darwin’s whole theory was based on the principle that the cell was a simple and basic entity, a building block upon which all life was founded.  The problem with that theory is that a cell is not a simple organism—it is complex beyond most people’s wildest dreams and cannot function in gradual development—in other words, the cell cannot work unless it was created exactly as it exists now—evolution does not work.  Scientists have largely abandoned the teaching of evolution, but secular educators have held to evolution simply because they fear the alternative—creation by God!

Despite the fact that mankind has largely rejected the truth of nature’s witness to God, God is still worthy of our praise and adoration.  He is the wise and careful builder who has set the dry land apart from the seas and who has prepared for us a world in which we can live.  Let us glorify his name for what he has done for believers and unbelievers alike—indeed, the simple fact that God provides the sun and rain and other good things to unbelievers is a sign of God’s grace to all, even though his saving grace only extends to those he brings to himself in faith.  We have a number of names that we apply to people who live in a fantasy world, denying the truth that is clearly demonstrated to them.  We call them deluded, dimwitted, ignorant, blind as a bat, and self-deceiving—I wonder, should these terms not also apply to those who continue to teach evolution in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary?

I sing the almighty power of God that made the mountains rise;

That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at his command and all the stars obey.

-Isaac Watts

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