The Grand Progression of Revelation: As Revealed in Psalm 19

Here’s some wonderful news and a welcome break from the bad news and political wrangling of our world. God is not satisfied to know you from a distance; He wants up-close and personal intimacy. Perhaps you don’t have time right now to read all of Psalm 19, but let me clue you in on its wonderful trajectory. I have divided it (below) into 3 clear sections that demonstrate His irresistible pursuit of you and me.

First, He makes Himself known by His creation. We call it natural revelation (see Ps 19:1-6). The Psalmist says, “Anyone who is paying attention can see that God is speaking to us every day and every night by the world and heavens He has created. In ancient times, people paid attention to the constellations because it was their navigational necessity. They studied the order of the heavens; God spoke to every generation and every culture on the planet, not just one nation. If you could see the stars at night you knew two things; the sun is so bright it washed out the light of the stars every day, but when the sun was gone, those stars were still in place. Paul refers to this first level of revelation in Romans, chapter one. Everyone can see it. But everyone couldn’t properly interpret what it meant. So God drew closer.

God began to speak in our own language through His prophets (Heb. 1:3), as He moved on holy men of old to write the words of the prophets and the stories of God’s interventions. The Psalmist calls it “The Law of the Lord” (see Ps. 19:7-11). The Law of the Lord is God speaking to man through man. No longer is it the unintelligible speech of sun, moon and stars. God is speaking to mankind; it is perfect, sure, converting out thinking, pure, clean better than fine gold and sweeter than honey. In other words, God entered into a relationship with a man (Abraham) to get to the nations. And in heeding these words, living into the clearer language, there is a doorway opened to what God is really after – intimacy with you and me. The final step is the up-close and personal one.

Even after the giving of the Law, man is still asking “Who can really understand his errors and who can cleanse me from my secret faults (see Ps. 19:12-14)? The Law couldn’t do it. It wasn’t through the “seeds of Abraham” (God’s people) but “the seed” as in Christ (Gal. 3:16), that this question can be answered. The Psalmist shifts his focus the third time, from creation’s message, to the Law (a definite improvement), now to personal relationship. “May my words and thoughts be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord. You are my strength and my redeemer.”

So what? Why is this good news? Because even before the Seed, Jesus Christ, put on flesh to redeem us and draw us up into the Triune life of God by the Spirit, David sees that it is going to get better. He pans the scope of God’s furious, tireless pursuit for our love and declares God’s ultimate intention. There is a way to intimacy with the Father – to know our transgressions are gone and we are thinking His thoughts. So no matter how tumultuous your life may look (David the Psalmist was no stranger to trouble), the road has been paved and the Father will finish what He has started.

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven,

And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes 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 judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

And in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me.

Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.


Dr. Kerry Woo  |  All Rights Reserved 2016

 

The Grand Progression of Revelation: As Revealed in Psalm 19

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