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    Psalm Nineteen: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

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    Psalm Nineteen: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

    Who is glorious like our God? And what tells forth his glory, but the Word of God? In the beginning, God gave forth his voice, he spoke the worlds into existence, and by his Word all creation was made (Gen. 1; John 1:1-3); and now, from one day to another, the glories of the sun and sky and stars above all give an unceasing testimony to the greatness of this God. There is no part of the world where divine glory does not overwhelm our myopic, sin-stained eyes with a dazzling brilliance. All creation shouts forth the majesty of the Creator with a voice loud enough to wake the deaf and shake the earth's foundations. And these are but a whisper of his ways! The staggering beauty of the heavens are but the echoes of that voice that first thundered “Let there be Light”! And the whole universe is awash with these echoes of the Word – so that they are rendered utterly without excuse, who exchange the glory that can be known from Creation, even the divine majesty and Godhead of the Creator, for a lesser glory to worship (Rom. 1:18-32).

    And yet, as brilliantly as the heavens declare God's glory, in his infinite condescension he has pleased to reveal it much more fully and wonderfully yet, in the Law and the Statutes that he gave to his people through Moses and the prophets. The Law of the Lord is perfect, it is pure and clean and right and true and pleasant beyond all description! It is full of life-giving power, it brings joy and purity and cleanness, it promises free forgiveness and redemption, it is full of innumerable blessings more beautiful by far than purified gold, and sweeter beyond compare than the drippings of the honeycomb. Oh, how blessed is the person who has been given the written word of God, which shines with a glory far more magnificent that the heights of the heavens!

    And yet (ah, the immense grace of God!), his hand has not held back from blessing us a thousandfold more even than this, and from revealing his glory a thousand times more brightly than he did by his perfect Law, yes, and a million times more splendidly than the heavens which sing his praise. “God, who at many times and in many ways spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets has in these last days spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the ages; who, being the radiance of his glory and the exact imprint of his essence, and bearing up all things by the word of his power, having made a cleansing for sins, sat at the right hand of the majesty on high” (Heb. 1:1-3). Do you see that, O blessed beyond all measure? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1); and this Word of God once spoke, and all the world leapt into existence, and revealed the glory of God to an astonished creation. He spoke again, and the beautiful words of the prophets through whom he uttered his voice gave testimony to a greater and more perfect glory yet. And then, he spoke finally, at the end of the ages, and his glory leapt forth in all its unveiled splendor, the very radiance of divine glory and the exact imprint of his character blazed forth in majesty beyond compare – and this Word is ours, he has made a cleansing for our sins, he has revealed the glorious God to us so perfectly that for all eternity we will be searching it out, overwhelmed by the greatness of him who came down to show us the Father!

    Words fail me to describe this living Word, the unveiled Glory of God. But oh, that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart might be acceptable in the sight of the true Word of God, my Savior who gave himself up to cleanse me from sins and declare me innocent of the great transgression! All blessing and honor and glory and power be to him alone, and to the Father, with the Holy Spirit one God, both now and forever.

    Posted by Nathan on September 13, 2010 11:33 AM

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