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The Multimedia of God's Communication (Psalm 19:1-14)Dr Daryl Miller, October 23, 2016
Part of the Out of Human Experiences series, preached at a Sunday School service
SUNDAY SCHOOL, OCTOBER 23
Title: The Multimedia of God’s Communication
Text: “His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heart thereof” (Ps. 19:6).
Scripture Reading: Psalm 19
Often we think communication is restricted to a spoken word. Modern studies in communication disprove this idea. People communicate both by verbal expressions and by nonverbal means.
God communicates to people. Few have heard God speak with an audible voice. Nonetheless, God speaks in many diverse manners. The psalmist examined some of the means of God’s communication to humankind.
I. God speaks through nature (Ps. 19:1?–?6).
The psalmist leads us outside to the hillsides and shows us the glory of God in nature. God actually does speak through nature. Modern people need to listen to God’s communication through nature. If we listened to God speaking through nature, what would we learn?
A. God’s glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (v. 1). The psalmist depicted the heavens as a voice of God’s glory. When we study the heavens, we are deeply impressed with the Designer. Just as a building is a tribute to its architect, so the universe is an honor to its Maker.
B. God’s handiwork (v. 1). The psalmist selected the firmament as a voice of God’s handiwork. Looking at the firmament causes one to be impressed with its beauty and order. Just as we are impressed with an artist when we observe his or her work, so are we impressed with God when we look at the world about us.
C. God’s majesty (vv. 2?–?4). Each complete day is an incessant witness to God’s majesty. Verse 1 seems to describe the past events of creation. Verses 2 and 3 depict the daily communication of God in nature. The day impresses us with certain wonders and the night with others.
God’s majesty can be seen by the entire creation (v. 4). Because people are in the world, they hear God communicating with them.
D. God’s supremacy (vv. 4?–?5). Most people of the ancient world gave a supreme place to the sun. It was the center of their universe. Ancients viewed the sun as the source of the world, the ultimate destiny, and the sustaining factor of life. One is not surprised that many worshiped the sun.
The psalmist called special attention to the sun (vv. 4?–?6). He pictured it as having a tent in the heavens. He compared it to a bridegroom in radiance and to an athlete in strength and endurance. The psalmist depicted the sun as a creation of God. God is supreme, not the sun.
II. God speaks through his Word (Ps. 19:7?–?11).
The psalmist brings us from the hills into the temple. He unrolls a scroll and tells us that God speaks through the Word.
A. The aspects of the law. The psalmist began by describing the law with different terms: law, testimony, statutes, commandment, fear of the Lord, judgments. These words describe various shades of God’s great law.
B. The appreciation of the law. After examining the diverse aspects of the law, the psalmist described the law with a series of adjectives: perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true. These descriptions should cause a profound appreciation for God’s Word.
C. The appropriation of the law. When a person appropriates God’s law, glorious results happen: souls are converted (renewed), wisdom is acquired, hearts are rejoiced, eyes are enlightened. God’s Word endures forever and makes people righteous.
D. The accomplishment of the law. The psalmist closes his thoughts on God’s Word by describing several effects of God’s law. God’s law is life’s greatest possession?—?“more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold” (v. 10). God’s law brings satisfaction to life?—?“sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (v. 10). God’s law warns against rebellion?—?“moreover by them is thy servant warned” (v. 11). The law displays the good life?—?“in keeping of them there is great reward” (v. 1l).
III. God speaks in life’s experiences (Ps. 19:12?–?14).
The psalmist reveals the inward experiences of his life by telling how God spoke in these experiences. The heavens tell much. The Scripture tells more. But the soul tells most of all. What do life’s experiences tell the psalmist and us?
A. Prevalence of sin. After scrutinizing God’s law, the psalmist looked at his life. One fact was certain?—?he was a sinner. He mentioned “errors,” sins committed by human weakness. He mentioned “secret faults,” sins committed unknowingly (cf. Lev. 5:2). He also mentioned “presumptuous sins,” sins committed in defiance of the Lord.
B. Power of God. God spoke to the soul of the psalmist, telling him that sin could not be conquered by human willpower (cf. Rom. 7:24?–?25). First, God said that he could not even know sin without the law. Second, only God could take care of the sin problem. God could cleanse from secret sins and restrain the psalmist from defiant rebellion. Uprightness and innocence are gifts available only from God. Third, God is always available in our thoughts and words as our Strength and Redeemer. As our Rock, God gives strength. As our Redeemer, God frees us from the tyranny of sin.
If you cannot hear God’s communication, you are deaf. God speaks in many diverse manners. Listen to him!
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1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (KJV)