God Is Revealed Psalms 19:1-14 Sept. 6:2009
When speaking about this Psalm C. S. Lewis said, "I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world." Do you think we can agree? I think this is one of the most popular Psalms in the Bible. It says much about the scripture and gives us a very special verse at the end of the chapter.
We certainly can say God Is Revealed in this Psalm.
1. The Revelation Of God In The . . Creation. 19:1-6
A. God Reveals Himself In The . . Speech Of The Heavens. 19:1-3
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard.
B. God Reveals Himself In The . . Sun Of The Heavens. 19:4-6
4 Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world.
In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat.
For some of us who know the Lord and love Him it seems the heavens declare His creation in beauty and splendor. Of course this text tells us it does. Someone asked do you hear creation speak audibly and I must say, no it is much louder than that. Not only does the speech of the heavens declare His creation but so does the sun. Nothing is hidden from the sun. We are told, “He has pitched a tent for the sun.” In this picturesque description the Lord seems to delight in inspiring the words of the text.
2. The Revelation Of God In The . . Commandments. 19:7-11
A. God Reveals Himself In The . . Superiority Of The Commandments. 19:7-9
7 The instruction of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, making the heart glad; the commandment of the LORD is radiant, making the eyes light up. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous.
B. God Reveals Himself In The . . Sweetness Of The Commandments. 19:10-11
10 They are more desirable than gold — than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey —
than honey dripping from the comb. 11 In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.
To display the superiority of the commandments God give six names here to describe the scripture. These words are instruction, testimony, precepts, commandment, fear of the Lord, and ordinances. Then He uses these words to describe the Word of God. The descriptive words are; perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and reliable. During the conservative resurgence some more liberal men said the scriptures did not claim to be inerrant. What do the words perfect, trustworthy, and pure mean? The sweetness of the commands are seen in the ministries the Word produces. It revives the soul, making the inexperienced wise, making the heart glad,
making the eyes light up, enduring forever, and altogether righteous. That makes a list of eighteen qualities.
3. The Revelation Of God In The . . Cleansing. 19:12-13
A. God Reveals Himself In The Cleansing Of . . Presumptuous Sins. 19:12
12 Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults.
B. God Reveals Himself In The Cleansing Of . . Predisposed Sins. 19:13
13 Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent, and cleansed from blatant rebellion.
God desires for His children to be clean. Presumptuous and predisposed sins needs to be taken to the Lord and left there. David wanted victory over all kinds of sin. That needs to be the goal of every Christian. Sometimes Christians try to hide their sins from the Lord. He knows before we tell Him and He wants us to come to Him and deal with these sins. At times Christians feel they can’t talk with the Lord about sins because they have confessed the same sin over and over. If you don’t take them to the Lord to whom will you go?
4. The Revelation Of God In The . . Commitment Of His People. 19:14
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be accept able to You, LORD, my rock and
my Redeemer. HCSB
A. God Reveals Himself In The Commitment Of . . Words. 19:14a
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be accept able to You,. . .”
B. God Reveals Himself In The Commitment Of . . Ways. 19:14b
“. . . LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” HCSB
Do you have a desire for your words to please the Lord. It would be good to sincerely pray this verse as a prayer unto the Lord every day. When the Lord has a committed people it is demonstrated in the words of their mouth and the meditations of their heart and God Is Revealed. Amen? Amen?