How can we know for sure whether God exists or not? If he does, what is he really like? And one more question: Is it possible to know this God? I believe that we can know the answers to these questions because God has chosen to reveal himself to us. “He has spoken.” How has he spoken and revealed himself? He has revealed himself to us in three ways: through what he has made (the Creation), through what he has said in his Word (the Bible), and through His Son (Jesus Christ). Psalm 19 helps us to understand these things a little more.
In the first six verses we read about how God has revealed himself through his Creation. It begins this way, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world,” (Psalm 19:1-4). What God has made shouts to us that there is a God. Although we can only begin to comprehend the vastness and splendor of the universe, or the incredible design and intricacy of plant and animal life, including human beings who were created in the very image of God. The “Intelligent Design” of the universe reveals that there is a Creator who made it. God has spoken.
The second half of Psalm 19 focuses on the Word of God. It speaks to us of the wisdom and value of knowing and studying the Bible. Here’s a little sampling from verses seven and eight: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” Verses ten and eleven speak of the great value of His Word: “They (the words of Scripture) are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” God has spoken to us through his Word, giving to us an unfailing compass and guide through life. It reveals what God is like and also his plan of redemption to make right what’s gone wrong in this world (the Fall of Man, i.e. sin). God has spoken.
The Psalm closes with these words: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” David longed to please God. He referred to him as his Lord, his Rock and his Redeemer. That in many ways looks ahead to the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. And that’s the third way God has spoken to us: through his Son.
The beginning of the book of Hebrews tells us how: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” God has revealed His plan for this world as seen in the death of Jesus Christ for our sins.
Jim Newman is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2367 or by emailing [email protected]. Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors, and guest laypeople, of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church and Lemon Cove Community Church.