Content of God’s Word Condition of God’s Word Character of God’s Word
law of the LORD perfect restoring the soul
testimony of the LORD sure making wise the simple
precepts of the LORD right rejoicing the soul
commandment of the LORD pure enlightening the eyes
fear of the LORD clean enduring forever
judgments of the LORD true righteous altogether
They are . . . . valuable, enjoyable, profitable
Thy servant is warned
What is the correlation between the content and condition for each description of the Word of God?
Which other passages of Scripture group two or more of these terms together?
Sometime this week read through Psalm 119. List where the terms in Psalm 19 are found in Psalm 119.
What is the relationship between verses 11-12 and verses 13-14? What application is the psalmist making?
What the Word of God is and What the Word of God Does
Recognition of What it is . . . Reaction of What It Does
Understanding its importance but also applying its importance
Six characteristics & Six qualities . . . six effects
A. Complete Instruction for Changing our Lives Psalm 19:7
C. Correct Information for Rejoicing our Souls Psalm 19:7
And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart
D. Consistent Revelation for Helping our Eyes Psalm 19:8
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.
Pastor Timothy J. Atkins
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Pastor, Teacher, Discipler, and Follower of Jesus.