Finding God; Knowing God

Keith Crosby
(Psalm 19)

Lots of people talk about finding and knowing God through nature. I’ve heard it said that nature is the 67th book of the Bible. Don’t believe it. Sure, you can know about God through nature but you can only know God through His Word the Bible. Perhaps no Scripture makes this point more clearly than Palm 19. The first 6 verses tell us that natural revelation (nature) makes all people everywhere understand that there is a God. We find a similar idea in Romans 1:18-21 where the Bible tells us that there’s no one who can make the excuse of being ignorant of God’s existence because this invisible God and His character are made obvious by all that He has made, which is exactly what Psalm 19 tells us below:

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

There is no one who is honestly ignorant of the existence of God. The universe, with its design and order tell us that God is. The glory and beauty of the universe speaks to us of God’s existence. However, it is only the Word of God (the Bible) that intimately acquaints us with God and instructs us how to live in such a way that we can sense His pleasure. Verse 7 tells us that God’s Word brings salvation: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” The Word of God is so easy to understand (if we apply ourselves) that it makes the wise recognize their need for God as they come to understand the simplicity of salvation.

God’s Word gives us direction (precepts... right, v. 8a). God’s Word in acquainting us with God and His will brings us joy (right... rejoicing the heart, v. 8b). God’s word give us clarity of thought (commandment... pure... enlightening the eyes, v. 8c). In each of the succeeding verses we see the importance of God’s Word to our salvation and our lives. The Psalmist uses many words for the Bible: “law of the LORD;” “testimony of the LORD,” “precepts of the LORD,” “commandment of the LORD,” and “rules of the LORD.” Read and pray through verses 7-14:

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

I think he’s trying to tell us something about the importance of God’s Word in our lives. I’m reminded that God’s Word has something to say about every inch of thread that makes up the fabric of our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Psalmist tells us that God’s Word should be precious to us. Notice the value that King David, the Psalmist, assigns to God’s Word:

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward (v. 10).

God’s Word is more valuable than money, essential to our spiritual nutrition, and in keeping us spiritually alert, we find great reward. Why does David say this? In depending on God’s Word, day in and day out, we find protection from our flaws, weakness, and self-deceptions:

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression" (12-13)

If we depend on God’s Word, it serves as a compass to help us navigate around the reefs and rocks of the stormy seas that endanger our lives in this fallen world. David, in verses 12-13 understands that God’s Word informs his thinking (and ours) in such a way that keeps him from “shooting his foot off.” It helps him discern (spot) his mistakes before he makes them. It brings to light hidden sins he might have missed. It keeps David from assuming too much and restrains David from becoming a slave to sin so that he can stay on track (dominion... blameless... innocent of... transgression). Seeing the value of God’s Word, David realizes that drinking them in and digesting them in thoughtful meditation keeps him close to God and in harmony with God’s will: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer" (v. 14).

The value of God’s Word to our salvation and daily living is immeasurable. We cannot know and do God’s will if we do not “download it” into the hard drive of our soul so that it will renew and transform our minds. We cannot serve a God we have not taken time to get to know and we cannot be saved without knowing God. And we can only know God through His Word.

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