Students of Scripture have long said that Psalm 19 is the Psalm about God’s revelation.  For example, the first six verses speak to “general revelation” while verses 7-9 speak about “divine revelation.”  The final section of the psalm (10-14) speaks of the value and proper response we should have to this revelation.

All of this is true and easily evident from even a cursory reading of the psalm.  However, there are additional ideas in the psalm that must not be missed as the reader reflects on the larger truths related above.  Here are a few such thoughts:

  1. Nothing on the earth is hidden from God or escapes His notice. Nothing falls outside His sovereign control.
  2. God has spoken to each circumstance and addressed it with His perfect wisdom. Just as nothing escapes His sight, so nothing is too great for the Wisdom of His Word.
  3. This Wisdom and all of its accompanying benefits have been made available to all men generally but are especially accessible to His people. God’s special revelation warns and equips God’s servant to live efficiently, effectively, and safely in a world broken by sin.
  4. The realization that nothing escapes God’s eye and that His Word is relentlessly perfect brings God’s servant to an honest but hopeful place where he can face the reality of his sinfulness with the hope of God’s mercy and grace.
  5. We must ask this Omniscient God to give us knowledge of hidden sins in order that we might ask for forgiveness and seek His mercy. We are also invited to seek His protection and preservation from presumptuous sins that lead to judgment.
  6. A man who desires to live blamelessly must regularly ask God to protect him from himself and not just from the world around him. A propensity to sin is bound up deeply within us –  both hidden sins not easily discerned by our own hearts as well as presumptuous sins we commit with full knowledge and willful intention.
  7. Only God can keep sin from eventually ruling and dominating our lives. Only God, by dealing with our sins judiciously and mercifully, can liberate us from great transgressions.  Until we see our sin as God sees it – as great transgressions – we will never fully appreciate the greatness of the acquittal we received from Him in Christ.

In light of these great thoughts, let the words of my mouth, the works of my hands, and the mediations of my heart be acceptable in God’s sight as they are shaped, guided, and directed by God’s Word!

Sam Horn

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Dr. Sam Horn is the EVP for enrollment and ministerial advancement at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Prior to BJU, Sam served at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University, and various churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Sam and Beth have two children – a son in college and a daughter in middle school.