I was told that a group of ladies read my article every week before they begin their Bible study. So, girls, if you are reading, I would like to personally sit down and study with you this week. Please open your Bibles and read Psalm 19. This week’s column is especially dedicated to you!
Psalm 19 is one of my favorite psalms. It is masterful in its structure and eloquent in its content. This song of David is full of rich biblical truth, but its main focus is on God’s revelation of Himself. Let’s look at it in three sections.
#1-(V.1-6)—God Revealed in Creation
This first section is what we call general revelation. General revelation is when God reveals Himself in creation. Have you ever considered that the world around us reveals the Lord? Creation testifies to its creator. David says, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (V.1a). When you stare deep into the majesty of a sunset, and see the intricate colors that paint the night sky, you are meant to see God. When you are captivated by such a scene you can see that, “the sky above proclaims His handiwork” (V.1a). And its evidence isn’t small. It is daily, abundant (V.1b), and it is for the whole world to see (V.3-4).
When I was Hawaii on my honeymoon my wife and I were on a ship with countless Japanese men and women who didn’t understand us and we couldn’t understand them. But when the sun set on the ocean creation spoke a language we could all understand. This is why David says, “Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” God’s creation speaks a language the whole world can understand, and it is a message that points to Him.
#2-(V.7-11)—God Revealed in His Word
Next, David moves on to what we call special revelation. God is not only revealed generally to all men through creation. He reveals Himself in a special way to His people through His Word. Notice in verse 1 He is called “God.” This is the Hebrew term, Elohim; which is a more general name for God, but in verses 7-11 David calls Him, “LORD”—all capital letters. This is the Hebrew name, Yahweh. It is God’s covenant name that He revealed to His people, Israel. Yahweh is a relational God; the one who comes to His children through His Word and blesses them. Therefore, David says, Yahweh’s Word is perfect and revives His soul (V.7). His testimony is sure and makes him wise (7b). God’s words are right and pure giving David joy and enlightenment (V.8). God’s Word is life for our souls and, therefore, more valuable than the world’s riches (V.10). When we keep the word of God we receive the necessary warnings that we need and the great reward we desire (V.11). It is truly a treasure.
There must always be a response when God reveals Himself to man. David’s response is a good model for us to follow. First of all, he asks for God’s forgiveness (V.12), because He knows that he is not worthy of such a good God. We should do the same each time we encounter the Lord. Second, he prays that God would help him fight against sin (V.13). Let us do the same in our daily walks with Christ. Finally, David asks for the grace needed in order to live a life that is pleasing to such a great and awesome God (V.14). May our prayers be the same!
Friends, if God did not reveal Himself to us we would have no way to know Him, but thankfully He is not silent. He has revealed Himself most vividly in Jesus Christ. He is the Word made flesh (Jn.1:14). Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn.14:9). What a great truth. The God of creation and the God of the Word is Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us worship Him!