My grandchildren have different ways to express their love for me. One enjoys my presence quietly and literally just stands beside me waiting for my attention. Another is sporadic, but may suddenly be beside me with an arm around my shoulder. More serious, one will suddenly put their arm around my waist. The ultimate shy one will stand several feet away with a grin which I have come to realize is their invitation to play. One teases me and just hangs out. Another eagerly runs to hug me. I can’t forget the impatient one who can’t wait to tell a joke or ask a question.
Psalm 19 screams at us: God wants our affection and He is speaking. He wants us to see He is there—here. Like the appropriate pride of a grandparent, He desires to boast about us and, yes, to enlarge His reputation through us. The Bible calls that the glory of God that we get to reflect. How is He speaking to you today?
First, He speaks through creation. “The heavens are declaring the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (19:1). One commentator says, “We are ravished with wonder as soon as we acknowledge God to be the supreme architect.” To ignore this invitation to enter into a relationship results in grave self-centeredness and consequences (Romans 1). But to know Christ, the Creator, is to experience God’s own joy in what He has made (v. 4-5). Creation is like an invitation to a royal banquet.
A second way God speaks is through the Scriptures. In verses 7-11, David writes a stanza showing the variety of His Word (“percepts,” “law,” “testimony,” etc.). If creation is an invitation into God’s presence and a reminder of who He powerfully is (Romans 1:19-20), now we see Scripture adorns our banquet table and fills our soul with life given us in Christ. Notice the benefits of Scripture. They: revive the soul, make us wise, rejoice the heart, enlighten the eyes, warn us, and, “in keeping them there is great reward.” Why do we often go everywhere else first?
The third witness to God’s glory comes in verses 11-14. It is us. Surprised? The value of the testimony of a Christ-imitating follower is immeasurable before a watching, needy world. Daily—sometimes moment by moment—we pray, “Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins: let them not have dominion over me!...Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” A life that is pleasing to God—like Christ—joined with our lips that proclaim the gospel news are God’s means to offer His rescue from sin’s penalty, power, and, ultimately, presence.
Taken together, no wonder C.S. Lewis said about Psalm 19, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”
Rush to it soon and hear a song sung by God to you!