Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 19
Do You Hear Him?
Psalm 19 is all about revelation. God reveals Himself to us. Without revelation from God, there is no relationship with God. In a culture that idolizes the preferences of the individual—promoting the "live your truth" doctrine and other stupid sayings—Psalm 19 is a bedrock of sanity for us to stand on.
GENERAL REVELATION: GOD IS ABOVE YOU
Verses 1-6 teach us about General Revelation, meaning the way God reveals Himself through Creation. Notice what Creation is doing in Psalm 19...it's speaking. It's declaring. Creation was spoken into existence by God in order to speak about God. It is not there to merely be observed passively. Creation is actively speaking. What does Creation tell us? It tells us about God's glory. It tells us that God is transcendent, above, other, holy, incomparable, worthy of worship.
SPECIAL REVELATION: GOD IS NEAR YOU
Verses 7-11 teach us about Special Revelation, meaning the revelation He has given us through His written Word. His Word is perfect, absolute, the highest authority, and totally trustworthy. It stands forever. It calls for obedience, it promises reward, and it is immeasurably valuable. God's written Word teaches us that God is also immanent, near to each one of us, the God of relationship, the God who makes and keeps His promises, worthy of love, because He has first loved us.
APPLIED REVELATION: GOD IS WITH YOU...AND EVEN IN YOU
Verses 12-14 teach us the right response to God in light of His revelation. The right response is not the promoting of personal preference but the repenting of personal preference in exchange for something far better and far more rewarding: heart-level obedience. Applied revelation is the work of the Holy Spirit. And so not only is God transcendent (above you), and not only is He immanent (near you), if you are in Christ, He is actually with you. More than that, He is actually in you by the Holy Spirit.
Now who is the only One who has obeyed the Father perfectly? Jesus Christ, the Son. He is THE Word, the penultimate revelation of God. When we repent of living our own "truth" we are transformed by the Truth...not an impersonal idea, but the personal, Creator God, revealed in Jesus Christ. In light of His perfect obedience and the gift of His righteousness, the end of Psalm 19 is truly the heart cry of every believer.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.