Psalm 19  … Consider All He Reveals in His Creation and Commands

Originally posted: 10/02/2020

The heavens are telling of the glory of God…
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; (19:1, 7).

There are those who accuse believers of basing their lives on what they term as “blind faith.” However, this is a huge misnomer. A believer’s faith is anything but blind; for God has provided many convincing proofs Revealed in His Creation and Commands.

God has chosen to make Himself known to His creation. Theologians refer to this as “revelation,” and distinguish His revelation as being either general or special.

Psalm 19 portrays both. His general revelation is conveyed through His creation and nature, and His special revelation through supernatural means, specifically His inspired Word. Both His Creation and Commands are the result of our Supernatural God Who Speaks light and life into existence.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light, (Genesis 1:3).

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12).

His general revelation is made known and evident to all mankind, so that we are all without excuse.

because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse, (Romans 1:19-20).

His special revelation is available to all who earnestly seek His Commands.

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart,
(Psalm 119:2).

However, many today discount His miraculous creation as a fable, insisting that science disproves God. But it is the fool who rejects His existence and might.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”… (Psalm 14:1).

And sadly, many also discount His Word as a collection of legends and stories. And that is both foolish and tragic, to reject His Truth and pursue myths to accommodate one’s own desires.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths, (2 Timothy 4:4-5).

But the real truth is, He is God Almighty, the Only God; and He Reveals All we need, in His Creation and His Commands.

Consider All He Reveals in His Creation and Commands

Consider All He Reveals in His Creation:
  • His Creation Reveals His Glory.
    • The heavens are telling of the glory of God; (19:1).
  • His Creation Reveals the Work of His Hands.
    • And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (19:1).
  • His Creation Reveals the knowledge of Him through what is seen.
    •  Day to day pours forth speech,
      And night to night reveals knowledge.
      There is no speech, nor are there words;
      Their voice is not heard.
  • His Creation Reveals His control over the earth.
    •  Their line has gone out through all the earth,
      And their utterances to the end of the world…
  • His Creation Reveals His impressive arrangement of the heavens.
    • …In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
      Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
      It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
      Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
      And its circuit to the other end of them;
      And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Consider All He Reveals in His Commands:
  • His Commands Reveal His perfect restoration for the soul.
    • The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; (19:7).
  • His Commands Reveal His steadfast course to impart wisdom.
    • The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.(19:7).
  • His Commands Reveal all that is right and joyous.
    • The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; (19:8).
  • His Commands Reveal all that is clear and insightful.
    • The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. (19:8).
  • His Commands Reveal a holy reverence for Him that is unblemished and unending.
    • The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; (19:9).
  • His Commands Reveal all that is true and righteous.
    • The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. (19:9).
  • His Commands Reveal what is to be desired above all else.
    • They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
      Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
  • His Commands Reveal His guidance and blessings.
    •  Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
      In keeping them there is great reward.
  • His Commands Reveal our covert indiscretions and overt rebellion.
    • 12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
      13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
  • His Commands Reveal the way of dependent faith.
    • Let them not rule over me;
      Then I will be blameless,
      And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

How do we respond to All He Reveals in His Creation and Commands?

God reveals Himself in His Creation and Commands for our benefit, to enable us to live a disciplined and prudent life.

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction, (Proverbs 29:18 NIV).

He reveals Himself in His Creation so that we might seek and find Him.

The God who made the world and all things in it… 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us, (Acts 17:24, 26-27).

And He Reveals Himself in His Commands; not so we could have a checklist to follow, but so we would come to know Him.

Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, (Psalm 25:4-5).

And while His creation is glorious, it can never compare to getting to see and know Him!

One of my favorite quotes about the Bible is from one of my favorite books, The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford:

“Our authoritative Bible is the only means in the universe by which we can ever know anything rightly and personally of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit… We should remind ourselves that the written word was designed specifically by God to bring us to know the Living Word.”

Perhaps, before we open our Bibles each day, we might remind ourselves that His Written Word is so much more than mere writings. It is His very breath and it is designed specifically to bring us to know Him and His good promises. The most majestic of all His Creation cannot compare to the majesty of His Commands Revealed in His inspired Word.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; (2 Timothy 3:16).

God has made Himself known that we might grow in our faith, righteousness and love for Him. Oh, may our hearts be attentive to see and hear Him, in His Creation and His Commands.

“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it, the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3).

Today, let us marvel as we contemplate All He Reveals in His Creation and Commands. And as we are caught up in awe and wonder, thanksgiving will undoubtedly fill our thoughts and flow from our lips with praise. And surely, that will be acceptable in His sight.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer,

Let’s Grow Together!

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