Psalm 19: The Revelation of God in Scripture

This beautiful Psalm teaches us that God speaks to His creation.  The first part of the Psalm verses 1-6 shows us how God speaks through nature, that which is called general revelation.  The Psalm declares that God speaks to all His creation by revealing His power and greatness through nature.  Wherever a person may be in God’s world the heavens speak declaring the glory of God. That means that every person is without excuse regarding faith in God (Rom. 1:18-32).  The second half of this Psalm speaks to mankind through His Word, the Bible.  God’s Word begins precisely where nature leaves off. 

The Bible begins immediately answering the questions raised by nature:  Who made all of this?  How did it come to pass?  (Gen. 1 – 3).  God continues to reveal more and more of Himself throughout the pages of the Scriptures until He fully reveals Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” (Jn. 14:9).

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Col. 1:15-19).

In this passage, David sings the praises of God’s wonderful Word and said that the law of God does six things for God’s people.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever.

The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

The New Testament confirms David's teaching. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  There is nothing that can benefit us like the Word of God.  David explains the value of the Word to us in verses 10 and 11: “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”

David said there is great reward in the Scriptures.  So, what makes meditating on the Scriptures so much better than much fine gold?  If we try and combine each statement David made about the Scriptures, I believe we find three major benefits and by adding one from Psalm 119 we have four.

The Benefit of life:

David said in verse 7: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting {reviving, that is, bringing new life} to the soul. Its restorative quality gives healing to the whole person by assuring forgiveness and cleansing and by giving life to the godly. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matt.4:4).  You cannot maintain dynamic, powerful, vibrant life in God if you neglect the Word of God, because "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul."

The Benefit of Wisdom:

We see this in the second half of verse 7: "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple"; and the second half of verse 8: "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."  Scripture is our greatest protection. It is like a shield before us, guarding our way and warning of danger.

The Benefit of Joy:

Verse 8: "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart."  In God's precepts one finds cause for joy and reason for rejoicing. This is God's remedy for broken hearts. If your heart is filled with sorrow and could use an injection of joy, memorize, and meditate and mull over God's precepts. Even when our eyes are streaming tears we can rejoice in the Lord (Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! Phi. 4:4). 

The Benefit of Peace:

The same writer said in Psalm 119:165: “Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.”  Perhaps the most desired possession in the world is peace, but it can only be found in the Lord.  David wrote, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).  Isaiah also wrote, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because He trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

I pray that we will reverence God’s holy Word by reading, meditating, and obeying it so we may enjoy its wonderful benefits.