Archive for December 21st, 2015

Psalm 19

Psalm 19 is written by David and begins with a description of God’s creation.  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork”.  One of the common discussions around salvation is in regards to those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Scripture is clear that we don’t just learn about God from another human being.  God has provided Creation as one things that cries out the truth of His handiwork.  We can see it in the blue sky and in the glory of the sun and clouds and the beauty of sunrises and sunsets.  God is not hidden from man.  We merely have to open our eyes.

Guzik reminds us that God’s creation and the glory that comes with it should tell us much about God:

  • He is glorious in His size, having created something so big.
  • He is glorious in His engineering, having created something that works together so well.
  • He is glorious in His artistry, having created something so beautiful.
  • He is glorious in His goodness and kindness, having created something for all humanity to see.

There is no speech, nor are there words”.  God’s glory in the heavens is visible for all to see.  It is communicated to all of mankind no matter their language or location.

David then describes the law of the Lord – God’s Word – with seven different characteristics:

  1. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul
  2. the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple
  3. the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart
  4. the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes
  5. the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever
  6. the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether
  7. by them is your servant warned

Creation tells us much about God, but His Word tells us even more.  We need to be in God’s Word to truly know Him.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb”.  Do you pursue God’s Word like this?  David wanted no amount of money in comparison to his attention toward the word of God.  David tells us the value of God’s Word in terms of being warned.  We need that instruction:

  • Warning is needed for sins we are susceptible to.
  • Warning is needed for dangers we cannot see.
  • Warning is needed for dangers we cannot appreciate.
  • Warning is needed for dangers far off in the future.
  • Warnings are often rejected.

But in addition to the power of God’s Word to warn us, we also receive the reward and blessing it has in our life.  It blesses our life and the reward continues through us and lasts even longer than money.

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