A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 19

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 19

If your neighbor suddenly claimed that they “Heard the voice of God” you would—understandably—question their sanity. At the same time, from the perspective of the Psalmist, God is speaking so audibly in our present moment that we would have to be insane not to hear him.

In Psalm 19 we read:

“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.” (1-4).

The entire universe is uttering a singular, consistent message to humanity every day: God is real! This witness is given by God himself, who reveals his reality and divine nature within creation (Rom. 1:20). Day after day, night after night, God is trying to tell us something; yet so many refuse to listen. The world, in its sinful rebellion, suppresses this truth so that it can continue in its persistent ungodliness (Rom. 1:18). While we may not see it, scripture testifies that the language of the creative order is so evident that, on the day of judgment, every human will be without excuse because of the pervasiveness of this revelation (Rom. 1:20).

Yet, to an even greater extent, the Psalmist declares that we discover God within his word:

“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.” (7-11)

Notice the words used to describe the law: perfect, refreshing, pure, wise, right, joyful, enlightening, enduring, true, desirable, sweet, and rewarding. This is the case because its origin is God himself. The reason God’s word is so incredible and transformative is due to its intrinsic connection to the character and person of God. Although we learn about God within the witness of creation, we can’t fully come to know God without his revealed truth. It is here that we learn, not only who He is, but what he expects (the real thrust of these latter passages).

The question for each of us is the same: are we listening? Are we really listening? Do you listen to the message of creation which declares the power, wisdom, and goodness of God? Subsequently, do you show that you truly know him by understanding his will within his word and submitting your life to his law? If not, then open your ears, for our Lord wants nothing more than for you to hear his voice and know his will.