God has chosen to reveal Himself in order that He may be known. The purpose of us knowing God is so that we may understand, submit, worship and serve Him in order that He may be glorified.
We have seen that God has revealed Himself as the creator of the universe. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”
Psalm 19:1-6 also describes the creative work of God, which reveals His glory. This is what God says about creation, through the psalmist David.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 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. 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.”
How often have you paused to see the brilliance of a sunrise and responded in awe and wonder? How about a sunset on the shores of Lake Michigan? What about the darkened sky and clouds during a violent thunderstorm, which is suddenly illuminated by a flash of lightening? Do you cower when the lightening appears? Of course you do! We all do.
All these meteorological occurrences, and many more besides, declare the glory of the One, True God who is the creator. This is where knowing God begins, but it is not where knowing God ends.
In Psalm 19:7-11, David continues to share how God reveals Himself, thereby making Himself known. God not only is known by creation, which is referred to as general revelation, but God also is known by Scripture, which is specific revelation.
“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.”
There are six descriptions of the Word of God listed in Psalm 19. All point their origin and sole ownership to the One, True God by the phrase “of the LORD.” These include (1) the law of the LORD, (2) the testimony of the LORD, (3) the precepts of the LORD, (4) the commandment of the LORD, (5) the fear of the LORD, and (6) the rules of the LORD.
The statement “the fear of the LORD” may seem curiously out of sync. However, Dr. R.C. Sproul explains, “In a list with law, testimony, precepts, commandment, and rules, the ‘fear of the LORD’ seems out of place. But here the phrase is used objectively; that is, it refers to the body of knowledge about God, in keeping with the fact that to fear God starts with knowing God.”
Let me encourage you to read Psalm 119. List the many ways God’s Word is described. I believe you will be amazed at the length, breath, depth and height of the LORD’s Word.
Thank God today for His holy Word, in which He makes Himself known.
Soli deo Gloria!