Getting to Know God!

The story is told that after Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, had given her the names of physical objects in sign language, Miss Sullivan attempted to explain God and tapped out the symbols for the name “God.” Much to Miss Sullivan’s surprise, Helen spelled back, … More

Disclosure

When we think of the law it is easy to think of it as something that keeps us from having fun. But here we see the opposite as it makes us wise, brings joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes, and rewards us (vv. 7-11). The previous verses were a disclosure of God in creation. Now we find Him disclosing Himself in the scriptures. The witness of the stars and the sun tells us something about God but if we are ever going to get to know Him personally it must be through Illumination of His Word. God’s Word speaks to life’s greatest areas of need and it does it in the following three ways:

  1. It challenges us: (v. 7) God’s Word enlightens a mind darkened by the world’s philosophies and religions. It convicts and brings men back to the point where he was separated from God by sin. It brings wisdom, joy, radiance, and light.   
  2. It cheers us: (v. 8) God’s Word rejoices the heart. Can you imagine having to face death and eternity without God’s Word? His Word takes away all uncertainty. It provides guidance for today and promises glory for tomorrow.   
  3. It changes us: (vv. 9-10) God’s Word has a cleansing effect upon us. The man who once craved for gold now craves for God. Zaccheus would be an example of this fact as he met Christ the living Word and was changed. Where he once squeezed money out of the poor with exorbitant taxes he pledged to give half of his estate to the poor and to restore to every person he had wronged 400 percent. His ordinances are pure, eternal, sure, and righteous (v. 9). They are more precious than gold and sweeter than honey (v. 10). Living on the basis of the law has its own great reward (v. 11).

Application

I am thankful to God for how He has disclosed Himself in His Word and through his creation who He really is and what He has done for me. If it was not for His mercy, love, and grace I would still be in my sin and separated from Him throughout all eternity.

Psalms 19:7-11 (English Standard Version)

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

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