Creation in the Poetry and Wisdom of Israel – Psalms and Proverbs

 
There are many references to creation and the early history of creation in the Book of Psalms. Often those references are somewhat poetical. What does that mean to the Bible interpreter?

Because of their numbers, all that we can do this morning is make a very shallow survey.

Creation in Psalms.

Psalm 8: Verse 1. Let’s say that I wrote a book and saved it to a CD, then you found it. What would you be, if you put your name on that CD as if you were the writer of that book? By what right can Jehovah put his glory above the heavens? What does Genesis 1:1 say?

Verse 3. What is the difference between creating something and ordaining something? How was it that God ordained the moon and the stars? Was David a Creationist?

Verses 4-5. In addition to saying that God created man, what else about Genesis does this passage teach? What are the “paths of the sea?” It wasn’t until Matthew Maury in the mid-1800s that man began to seriously chart ocean currents and the migrations of fish and whales, but David spoke about them nearly 3,000 years earlier.

Psalm 19: Does the moon have a voice? Arcturus? Polaris (the North Star)? How can they declare the glory of God? If God didn’t create them, how could they glorify Him?

Psalm 24: From whom did Jehovah steal the earth and all that dwell therein? The earth is the Lord’s because He created it. Man is God’s steward, not His replacement.

Psalm 33: How many times a minute does the average person breathe? How many times a minute does the Lord breathe? When verse 6 refers to the breath of His mouth, does it suggest immediacy to you? And what about verse 9. If anyone wanted to try to make Genesis 1 into eons of time, they would have problems with Psalm 33 as well as Exodus 20 and a dozen other direct Biblical statements.

Psalm 50:10-12. Who was the human author of this Psalm? What relationship does the god of a pantheist have with the world? Doesn’t this Psalm teach that the Lord is greater than His creation? Was Asaph a Creationist?

Psalm 74:16-17. Are light and the sun synonymous? Were they created at the same time? Who created them?

Psalm 89:11-12, 36-37. Who wrote this Psalm? Was Ethan a Creationist?

Psalm 94:9-10. Psalm 95:3-7. Psalm 96:4-5. Psalm 100:3. Psalm 104 deals with both creation and the flood.

Psalm 113:4-6 reveals God’s preeminence over Creation. Psalm 115:2-4. Psalm 115:15-16. What does this last verse suggest about extra-terrestrial life? Psalm 119:73. Psalm 119:90-91.

The songs of degrees (Psalm 120-134). Psalm 121:2. Psalm 124:8. Psalm 134:3.

Psalm 135:5-7. Psalm 136:3-9. Psalm 139:14-16.

The Hallelujah Psalms (Psalm 146-150). Psalm 146:5-6. Psalm 147:4-18. Psalm 148:1-13.

We could start over again and go through the Psalms pointing out references to the Flood.

The Book of Proverbs.

Who was the richest king of Israel (II Chronicles 9:22)? Who was the wisest?

In the first chapters of Proverbs “wisdom” is personified; Who is that “wisdom?” According to Proverbs 3:18-20 Who created the world? Proverbs 8:22-31. Was Solomon, the wisest man on earth, a Creationist?

What is the Tree of Life? Where and when was the Tree of Life? How did Solomon learn about that tree? Proverbs 11:30; 13:12; 15:4.

What does Proverbs 30:5-6 say about the Word of God? What does the context of that statement teach about Creation (Proverbs 30:4)? Was Agur a Creationist?

Ecclesiastes.

Does Ecclesiastes 12:1 leave much room for the evolutionist? What does Ecclesiastes 12:7 say? What ought to be the logical conclusion in knowing that we have a Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:13)?

We have skimmed over half of the Bible thus far. Is there any doubt that the first half of the Bible teaches the direct creative hand of God?