The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/24/2007):

God's Glory Revealed in Creation
QUIZ: What was C. S. Lewis's favorite Psalm?
HINT: Can you remember which one begins, "The heavens are telling the glory of God"? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is Psalm 19, one of the Bible passages that that tells us that God's glory is revealed in his magnificent creation. Try reading it out loud.

Haydn's THE CREATION, May 1, 2007, 7:30 P.M.
Perhaps the greatest musical setting of Psalm 19 occurs in Haydn's oratorio THE CREATION. At the conclusion of God's creating activity on day four, the chorus joins the trio of angels in proclaiming, "The heavens are telling the glory of God." Please take a look at the color flyer found at the web link above, and consider inviting your Louisville friends to join us for a free concert on May 1, 2007, at 7:30 P.M.

PSALM 19 (English Standard Version)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their measuring line goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

—Psalm 19, THE HOLY BIBLE: ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION. Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2001.

[Here are the first six verses in Eugene Peterson's version.]

A David Psalm

God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit
across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
Their words aren't heard,
their voices aren't recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun's a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
That's how God's Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.

—Psalm 19:1-6, Eugene Peterson’s THE MESSAGE: THE BIBLE IN CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002.

Haydn's THE CREATION, May 1, 2007, 7:30 P.M.

In the last several months, our seminary has decided to completely renovate the historic 113-rank Aeolian Skinner organ in Alumni Memorial Chapel. More than that—we are honoring our esteemed senior professor by naming the restored instrument the Donald P. Hustad Organ. If you are interested in more information about the exciting renovation of the Donald P. Hustad Organ, please send an e-mail note to If you put "Hustad Organ" in the subject line or the body of the e-mail, you will be sent a PDF version of the information. Thank you very much. Please feel free to forward this notice to organ enthusiasts and church musicians whose lives have been blessed by Dr. Donald Hustad. Feel free to send me a personal note ( if I can answer any questions.

Have a great week.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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