Catching Sight of Grace…
Written By: Chris Mace
In Psalm 19, the Psalmist compares creation and sacred Scripture as unique and powerful revelations of God’s magnificence and loving care. Creation touches the soul without sound or words; Scripture enlightens the mind and revives the soul with God’s words.
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.
The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Portions of Psalm 19:1-14 (NLT2)
Our songster was humbled by an awesome view of God’s glory, by His “eternal power and divine nature”, and by self revelation through God’s “instructions”, “decrees”, and “commandments” which give “insight into living”. Creation and Scripture make us aware of God’s character, His magnificent grace, and His loving soul-care. The Psalmist had discovered the joy of living an obedient, repentant life within God’s purposes and guidance. He understood that God’s sovereign principles for living are perfect and just.
Fortunately, creation and Scripture have never stopped speaking. They continue to minister to us. It is a matter of whether we listen to what they say.
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:1-4)
“Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens….Your word is a lamp Ito my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:89,105)