I was again considering Psalm 19, so, I want you to take a minute to read these words carefully and prayerfully:
The teachings of Yahweh are perfect.
They renew the soul.
The testimony of Yahweh is dependable.
It makes gullible people wise.
The instructions of Yahweh are correct.
They make the heart rejoice.
The command of Yahweh is radiant.
It makes the eyes shine.
The fear of Yahweh is pure.
It endures forever.
The decisions of Yahweh are true.
They are completely fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb.
As your servant, I am warned by them.
There is a great reward in following them (Psalm 19:7-11).
Oh, I hear you. You are wondering what my point is? Well, through the indescribable treasure of the Psalmist’s Truth, we see how our Father wants us to know Him:
- being reborn by His Spirit,
- obtaining wisdom and understanding,
- possessing a joyful heart,
- our eyes being enlightened,
- remaining teachable
- expecting great reward.
Whoa! Tell you what, when you open your Bible, don’t just read it for a bunch of information. No, experience it for the reality of intimacy with your Father.
Yahweh’s ultimate demonstration of His passion for us to know Him is found in the Cross. When Jesus died, He paid the penalty for our sin, and the Bible tells us that the veil of the temple that separated the Holy God from sinful men was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15:38). He was miraculously confirming the invitation for us to know Him through Christ. We are now able to come boldly and confidently to the His Holy Throne of Grace at the bidding of our compassionate High Priest, in an intimate encounter, finding Him sufficient for every need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
All worship involves revelation and response. Psalm 19 calls us to pray,
Who can notice every mistake?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep me from sinning.
Do not let anyone gain control over me.
Then I will be blameless,
and I will be free from any great offense.
May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart
be acceptable to you, O Yahweh, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:12-14).
Yahweh’s overwhelming initiative is to acknowledge our tendency toward self-deception, and despite that, we cry out for His cleansing, His restoration, and trust Him for the power to simply live with a pure heart and a life that pleases Him. This self-revealing and awesome Creator, revealed in Christ, is indeed our strength and our Redeemer. Praise His name!
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