Reading through the Bible together
Psalm 19 is one of the great psalms and is recognized as one of the popular psalms of God’s revelation and communication. It provides a path for believers to better know and understand God on a personal and practical basis. It soars in its beauty and simplicity. David depicts God as the Author and Sustainer of His world and His Word.
In a few short verses this Psalm sums up God’s revelation to us; showing both God’s general revelation (revealed in the natural world) and His special revelation (revealed in the Bible). Both revelations show that God is love and practically demonstrates that God wants to reveal Himself to us. It only remains for us to take time to study and understand His revelation.
In the verse 1-6 David eloquently outlines God’s matchless glory as revealed in the natural world. In verse 7-10 he sets forth the benefits to be found in the declared law of God. Then in verses 11-13 he demonstrates the effects of these general and special revelations on character and conduct.
God has lovingly revealed Himself through the world and His Word. Therefore men and women stand accountable to God because of His nonverbal and verbal avenues of communication. Psalm 19 succinctly summarizes these two prominent avenues of God’s self-disclosure.
In verse 14, by way of summary, in one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, David records his simple closing prayer. He has mediated on the general and special revelation of God and now he prays that his spoken words and heart mediations be of a quality that are acceptable to the majestic God spoken of in this Psalm.
A. God’s General Self-Communication in the World (19:1-6).
1. The Proclamation of the Nature (19:1-4b).
2. The Productiveness of the Nature (19:4c-5).
3. The Predictability of Nature (19:6).
B. God’s Special Self-Communication in the Word (19:7-13).
1. The Advantages of the Word (19:7-9).
2. The Attributes of the Word (19:10-11).
3. The Application of the Word (19:12-13).
Benefits of the Word: This Psalm is so descriptive and explanatory that one can almost visualize David sitting on a large rock or standing in a broad meadow looking up into the broad sky at a stunning sunrise or a beautiful sunset. This Psalm is so immediately applicable that one can take it and literally go into nature and read it or sing it out loud as a meditation or prayer to God. It outlines seven special blessings that the Word of God will provide to the reader who studies with a mind to go deep into God’s truths (NKJV).
1st it provides the greatest possession, v. 10, "More to be desired than gold, yea, than fine gold."
2nd it provides the greatest pleasure, v. 10, "Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."
3rd it provides the greatest protection, v. 11, "Moreover by them is Thy servant warned."
4th it provides the greatest profit, v. 11, "and in keeping them there is great reward."
5th it provides the greatest purifier, v. 12, “cleanse me from secret faults.”
6th it provides the greatest power, v. 13, “let them not have dominion over me.”
7th it provides the greatest Perfecter “then I shall be blameless and I shall be innocent.”
Neglect of the Word: Many people today, affirm the Word of God and its truthfulness yet neglect it. They pursue other avenues seeking to satisfy their longings because they haven’t internalized the simple message of Psalm 19. By saturating themselves with the Word they will realize it’s awesome power and come to know that it is making their speech and meditations acceptable to God, thus they will realize Him as their strength and Redeemer.
Delbert W. Baker