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God’s PERFECT LAW: Hope for the Human Race

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  2. Why God’s Laws Are the Only Protection from Tyranny
  3. What the Most BEAUTIFUL PSALM Teaches About A Flourishing Life
  4. God’s PERFECT LAW: Hope for the Human Race
  5. ONE LAW That Revives the Soul
  6. Gaining Wisdom in a World of Folly
  7. Precepts: The Unlikely Path to Joy
  8. Find the COMMANDS that Give LIGHT
  9. The Intimate FEAR that Promotes a PURE LIFE
  11. A Human That Doesn’t Thrive is Like a Fruit Tree That Doesn’t Bear

God’s law provides order, and order was the first need of all!

law of God given for human flourishingWhen God created the universe to begin time and history, he began  by making the raw material (Genesis 1: 1-2). Then, as the First Sculptor, he formed that raw material into a higher and higher form: first the inanimate sun, moon, and stars, then proceeding to plant life, then animal life (breath was added to the body) and finally to human beings, male and female (imago Dei formed in the creature).

God rules over his creation through laws and ordinances. Some have called these the Creation Ordinances.

God’s intention is to delegate his authority over the earth to human beings. He intends for humans to take what He has made and do something with it (Genesis 1:26-28). We are not to be mere consumers of things but architects of culture. We are to expand the garden, establish vineyards and orchards, bring forth paintings, write poetry, compose symphonies, choreograph dance. We are to discover the hidden treasures in the creation, to study the creation and how God made it. We are to discern, in effect, the Creation Ordinances and, working within the circle of this order, create culture that reflects the nature and glory of God.

This Cultural Mandate is the purpose for which we have been put on the earth. We are not to passively stand by and watch history unfold. We are to shape history. We are not to simply rape creation and consume resources, we are to create whole new worlds (think Tolkien and Lewis) discover whole new places and people, invent whole new technologies that can enhance life (think Steve Jobs and the Apple products). We are to be God’s co-creators as we live within the circle of the Creation Order.

A second illustration can be found in Kingship of Christ. Following the resurrection and upon His ascension into heaven, Christ is coroneted King of heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18); He announces to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Jesus is king. Nations are to make the law of Christ their order. The results are freedom, justice, social peace, and economic bounty. In short, people, communities, and nations that flourish.

King Jesus is the law giver. But in addition to giving the law, he fulfills the law (Matthew 5:17-18; Romans 10: 4) and defines the meaning of the law (Matthew 5:22; 36-40; 7:12; 22:37-40).

Jesus taught:

  • The kingdom of God as the framework for our obedience
  • His saving work on the cross (our salvation) as the foundation of our obedience
  • The nations keeping all He commanded as the fulfillment of our obedience – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!” (Matthew 6:10)

Note a play on words in the Greek. Compare “all that Christ has commanded (entelomai) and the fulfillment of God’s purpose (telo). What is that purpose? Nothing less than “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”

In contrast to the small purposes embraced by our cultures (e.g. to survive, to consume), there is a cosmic and eternal purpose for each of our lives. We are to create culture that reflects the glory of God! We are to advance the coming of the Kingdom of God. How do we fulfill God’s purposes for our lives? The answer is found in the heart of the beautiful Psalm 19: we fulfill God’s purposes by freely fulfilling the Law of the Lord!

In coming posts we will unpack each of the aspects of the Law of the Lord and see the Glory that David the Psalmist saw.

–          Darrow Miller

This post is fourth in a series of ten on Psalm 19.


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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. joyce

    October 18, 2015 - 5:56 am

    As I prayed this morning I turned to psalms 19. I dont know why but I did. I’ve so often asked & prayed to God to show me my purpose. Reading that chapter so clearly answered my request.Now I need to learn how to go about doing it.

    • admin

      October 19, 2015 - 8:16 am

      Thanks for sharing this testimony of God’s faithfulness, Joyce. Blessings to you.

      Gary Brumbelow