“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 (NIV84)
Have you ever paused long enough to really take in the world around you? I mean really take it in. Isn’t it breathtaking?
If you’ve never gotten up early to watch the sun rise, you should try it sometime. If you’ve never gone hiking in the mountains, you should make some time to do that. If you’ve never stayed up late gazing up at a meteor shower, you need to take an afternoon nap, drink some good strong coffee, and head out to a spot away from all the city lights and stare up at the sky in wonder and amazement.
What are some things you’ve experienced in God’s creation that have taken your breath away? Have you ever told anyone about it?
In the first few verses of Psalm 19 we learn that God’s creation tells us about the Creator God. Verses 3-4 tell us that this created world doesn’t use words, and yet there is no where on earth that the voice of creation isn’t heard pointing to a Creator. In other words, every single human being on the planet can take in the world around them and see evidence of a Creator. The Apostle Paul speaks of this truth in Romans 1:19-20.
But creation can only tell us so much about God. In Psalm 19:1, the Hebrew term used for “God” in that verse is the word “El”. It’s a general term used to reference a higher being. But in verse 7 a different word is used. “Yahweh”. LORD. It’s the specific name of God.
In the first half of this Psalm, creation tells us that there is a Creator. But in the second half, something else tells us who that Creator is. What is it that reveals Yahweh to us? It’s His Word. The written law of God.
Creation reveals God. The Word reveals Yahweh. Creation shows us a divine, powerful Creator. Scripture tells us of a humble, perfect Savior.
Imagine if we’d never been given the Word of God. All we’d know is what nature reveals to us. We wouldn’t know that we are born into sin and that our sin separates us from the One who created us. We wouldn’t know that the God of the universe sent His One and Only Son to us in the form of a man, to live a perfect, righteous life in our place, to die on the cross for our sins, and to rise from the dead three days later and defeat the power of sin and death once and for all. We wouldn’t know that all of our sins can be forgiven and our relationship with God can be restored through Jesus’ sacrifice. We wouldn’t know that we are saved from an eternal punishment and the power of sin and death only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus alone. We wouldn’t know about the eternal rewards that await all who put their hope and trust in Christ and serve Him faithfully with their lives here on earth.
Have you ever paused long enough to take in the Word of God? I mean really take it in. Isn’t it breathtaking?
If you’ve never gotten up early to read about the risen Son, you should try it sometime. If you’ve never walked through the entire Bible, you should make some time to do that. If you’ve never stayed up late gazing into the Gospels to see the life of Christ, the Bright and Morning Star, you need to take an afternoon nap, drink some good strong coffee, and head to a spot away from all the things that distract you and dig into Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with wonder and amazement.
Has the message of the gospel ever taken your breath away? Have you ever told anyone about it?
Perhaps we shy away from telling others the gospel because we feel like we need to come up with some grand story in order to take their breath away. Good news. The story has already been told. We simply get to pass it on to those around us.
God gave us His Word (the Bible) so that we would use words to tell the world about the Word (His Son).
God, in His sovereignty and grace, has equipped every believer with a way to tell others about His Son. You and I hold in our hands the news that will literally change the world. The news that will help people see not just “El”, but “Yahweh”. Not just Creator, but Savior. Not just Rock, but Redeemer.
Pause long enough to take that in. I mean really take it in. Then go show and tell it to others!