By Josh McCoy
The sky, the heavens, and all of creation proclaim the glory of God. In Psalm 19, David is proclaiming the glory, majesty, and wonder of God to all people. A frequent phrase said at Redemption Church is “All of life is all for Jesus.” David understood that God has an all-consuming presence, and nothing could escape his handiwork. David acknowledges his position in respect to God, and this brings the king to a place of adoration, praise, confession, and awe.
John Calvin referred to creation as “serv(ing) as the garniture of that theater which (God) places before our eyes.” In a movie theater, the visuals and sound we hear become our primary means to comprehending and engaging with the story on screen. God’s theater includes these elements as well and expands them. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” David goes onto say, in 19:4, “Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” God has designed the skies and the heavens in such a manner that they continually reflect his glory and craftsmanship.
Where does our heart stand in comparison to David’s affections for creation? This is not a question designed to guilt or shame, but instead to reveal the true nature of our affections and desires. When we can express genuine gratitude and praise to God for his daily provisions, such as the light from the sun, we enter into a deeper relationship of love and intimacy with our Lord (Ps. 19:4-6).
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…” Benjamin Jensen, Pastor at Redemption Tempe, asked the question, “If someone would give you $100 million to never read your Bible again, would you take the money or keep your Bible?” If many of us are honest, the answer is not as black and white as we would like to portray. With $100 million, a person could do a great deal of good in the world and for the kingdom. However, the answer for David would be firm “No.” David had discovered a stream of life, wisdom, and knowledge in the law of the Lord that could never be displaced or replaced with monetary compensation. David proclaims how the Lord’s law has made him wise, joyful, aware, and pure. David was the king of Israel, the most powerful man in the land who had riches, wealth, and many wives, yet his respect and adoration for God’s law reveals a man who has found a genuine treasure that society typically begrudges. When David took inventory of his life, he saw God’s word as a true treasure worth more than gold. When you look at God’s word in your life, can you say the same? Why or why not?
After David has praised God for all of the wonderful works in creation and the gifts found in the law, he turned inward. David had a profound understanding of his position in relation to God. He was king of the land, but his rule was only possible through the power that God had given him. It can be said that humility is not thinking of yourself too highly or too lowly, but instead thinking of yourself in the right position relative to someone else. David understood his position relative to God, and he understood that he was a man with a sinful heart. He asked the Lord to cleanse him of hidden faults and presumptuous sins (Ps. 19:12-13). David recognized the power and domineering nature of sin and did not want it to hinder his relationship with God.
Confession is an integral part of the Psalms, especially those authored by David. In Jesus Christ, Christians have the ultimate cleansing and forgiveness of sins (1 Cor. 6:11). Yet, God is still sanctifying his body, which means he is purifying his people from sin and preparing them for a life of complete holiness. David was mindful of his need to confess his sins to God and ask for forgiveness, protection, and healing. Confession is a healthy spiritual rhythm that encourages honesty, transparency, and awareness between God’s people and God himself.
God’s glory is seen in all of creation. It could be in the heat of the Arizona sun, the lakes of Minnesota, or the beaches of California. By nature, God is a creator and designer, and his works fill the earth. In addition, he has not only blessed us with creation, but he has also given us his word so we can hear his voice and understand his commandments. God has made himself known in so many ways to us. When we are confronted with these realities, how do we respond? Do they make us move toward God or away from him?