Psalm 19 - An Inescapable Witness


We are witnesses to the amazing beauty and mystery of the moon when it stood the closest to our planet in nearly 70 years about a week ago. It was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. Facebook was littered with pictures captured by people who marveled at this phenomenon. What makes such rare occurrence pique people's interest and cause them to marvel at this beauty? Psalm 19 gives us a clue: "the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

Psalm 19 contains one of the most powerful arguments for the existence of God. A paraphrased version of the Bible called "The Message" minces no words, "God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening" (vv. 1-2).

The famous French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal, once stated, "The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me." The vast expanse of the universe continues to baffle science and yet they also continue to speak to everyone's heart. If there is any doubt of the existence of God, take a walk outside at night and look up above, and let the majestic beauty of the skies and the profound mysteries of the heavenlies sink deep into your soul.

There may be "eternal silence" as described by Pascal but David who wrote this psalm saw something beyond this silence, "day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." If we stay long enough to listen in to the revelation of heaven we may yet find what our soul is longing for.

The psalmist ends this chapter with a verse we often quote, "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (verse 14)." The words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart always go together. You can tell a person's character by the way he speaks. Our inner thoughts are revealed by the words we utter.

How then can our words and the reflections of our heart be pleasing in God's sight? The answer is found from the verses preceding verse 14. By loving and holding in high esteem the word of God described by the psalmist in this chapter as one that refreshes the soul, gives joy to the heart, and light to the eyes. He goes on to say that God's word is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey.

When we spend time in the Word our words and the inner thoughts of our hearts become pleasing in the sight of our LORD who is our solid Rock and also our Redeemer.