Encountering God Bible Study Chapter 4
Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am writing from chapter 4 of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit. You can buy your own copy of the book at https://amzn.to/2Eq3Ihp. Today’s chapter is covering Psalm 19.
Glory to God
The theme of Psalm 19 is God’s glory displayed through the world he created (vs. 1-6) and the Word He spoke (vs. 7-14) – or through what we call natural and special revelation.
God’s Glory is Proclaimed Throughout His World
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
All nature shouts that God is divine, all-powerful, and all-wise.
“Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.” Psalms 19:2-3
Every hour of every day God’s message gushes forth like a mighty spring of water. If anyone claims to be an atheist, it is because he is deaf to the voice of creation.
“Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.”
By pointing to the sun as God’s handiwork, David dismantles idol worship of the day represented in the sun gods.
God’s Glory is Proclaimed Throughout His Word
We can know that God exists through creation, but general revelation is insufficient for knowing the fullness of God’s character. It is only through Scripture that we are able to more fully comprehend the nature of God.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts 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 rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
David’s conclusion to Psalm 19 links back to its introduction – God’s perfections have been put on display. This psalm concludes with a penetrating question and an earnest prayer.
“Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord , my rock and my redeemer.”
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. If you haven’t read the other posts on previous chapters of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms, here is Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!