A few dear friends of mine and I have studied the Bible together long distance for a few years now. We do it over a virtual meeting platform. It’s pretty cool what technology can do these days. But I digress. We are going through the book of Psalms. It’s going to take us years. Recently we studied Psalm 19. It was so familiar. At first I spent very little of my study time in it. Yes, I know, it’s about the skies and the scriptures. The heavens declare… the word is like honey. But the day before we were to meet, I decided that I really should put some time and effort into it. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide my studies. Because the word is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, I prayed that God would show me something fresh in something so familiar.
Psalm 19 starts with the skies and quickly moves to the sun. It comes out of its tent like a bridegroom. I know of another Son who is a bridegroom. But let’s hold that thought for a moment. The sun also is like a strong man running his course with joy. So like Jesus “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross.” (Heb. 12: 2)
So I move on to the second portion of the psalm and see the Word of the Lord. I was just thinking about the Son and the Bridegroom. Jesus Christ is also the Word made flesh, isn’t he? Oh precious Lord, he is Pure reviving the soul and sure, making wise the simple. He is more to be desired than gold, even much fine gold.
I go back to verse six which speaks of nothing being hidden from the sun’s light. Isn’t that true of the Word also.. even dividing the soul and the spirit. After a paralytic is let down before Jesus and Jesus declares him to be forgiven of his sins, some “scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?” (Matthew 9:3-5) Like the light of the sun, nothing is hidden from the Lord.
But why? The psalmist, David, ends the song with a prayer that God would keep him from hidden faults and presumptuous sin. And that is exactly what Jesus came to do. The precious Bridegroom is making his bride spotless.
In John 17, when He prays to the Father, Jesus says, sanctify them in your truth, your word is truth. The word sanctifies; the word makes us holy; the Bridegroom will present us faultless before the throne so that “the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts will be acceptable in your sight.”
He is preparing his Bride, the church, so that on that day, there will be nothing to break that fellowship. Nothing to come between. Our joy will be complete. In the midst of this fallen, broken world, it is what I long for: complete joy and unbroken fellowship.
And so the Lord met me in that study time. He showed me Himself when I was focused on me. I remember what Robert Murray McCheyne said, “for every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” Oh Father, help me look to Christ!
Psalm 19 isn’t about just the skies and the scriptures after all. It’s about the Creator of the Skies and the Word made flesh. It’s about the Bridegroom preparing His church. It is about Jesus. And isn’t that true of all of the Bible?
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