Our Response to God's Revelation

August 13, 2023

Book: Psalms

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Scripture: Psalm 19

God speaks to us through the heavens and through His word. However, we cannot be in His presence or perfectly apply His law on our own.  This is why we need the forgiveness Jesus Christ offers and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.

Well, good morning, everybody. Thank you very much for being here. Those that don’t know me, I’m Steve Ansel. And those that have been coming for the last number of weeks will know that we’ve been doing a series in Psalms the summer in the Psalms, if you like. And today actually is the last of those Psalms. And we’re going to be looking at Psalm 19. And our goal is for us really to get a fresh view of who God is and a proper response to knowing Him.

Now, I did appreciate the announcement that Peter made about being new and just the fact that you should grab lunch right after this. And from the sounds of things, it might seem like I sound like I’m new, but I’m actually not new. Been here 28 winters, so totally have been here a while. And although I do remember when I came that a lot of things were really new and I expected a lot of things to be very different. There were a number of things, however, that I didn’t expect that were quite different. The first I thought was absolutely brilliant, and that is that you can turn right when the light is red provided. Obviously there are no cars coming, but I mean, whoever thought that up, that is brilliant. I will not lie. However, I was rather concerned the first few times I tried it on my own, just that a patrolman was going to pull me over because where I came from, that was entirely illegal.

Brilliant, though. The second thing that I noticed was that I didn’t expect it. When you let the water out of the basin, it went the other way. So in the northern hemisphere it goes down clockwise. But in the southern hemisphere where I’m from, in South Africa, it goes anticlockwise. Now, clearly the basin may impact that a little bit, but quite frankly, having spent a lot of time running the water out after shaving, etcetera, it goes the other way. Didn’t expect that.

But probably the most compelling thing that I didn’t expect is what we’re going to be talking about today. I’d been here about 3 or 4 weeks. I got invited out to somebody’s farm. It was really nice. We were sitting around the fire and then we went away from the fire and clearly we were away from the lights of the city. And I looked up at the stars and the stars were amazing. And I had no clue where those stars came from because the sky looked entirely different. So I now have come to appreciate the Big Dipper and all those other stars. But you do not see those stars from the Southern hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere looks like that. So I was looking where is the Southern Cross? Because everybody can always see the Southern cross. When you look up into the into the heavens in the southern hemisphere, you cannot see the southern cross from the northern hemisphere.

So right there you can see that little yellow star right at the top. You can see the other three stars making up the cross. The other thing I was looking for is where are the pointers? Well, the pointers are right there. They point right at the Southern Cross. It’s pretty obvious. Right. But, needless to say, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you cannot see the Southern cross all the pointers. The other thing that was different to me was the Milky Way was very different. In the southern hemisphere, the Milky Way is really bright and you can see that band that is in the background are all millions and millions and millions of stars that make up the Milky Way, and you don’t see those to the same degree. The point I’m making, however, is the stars and the sky at night are beautiful in the northern hemisphere and they are completely different and equally beautiful in the southern hemisphere.

Our almighty God has a remarkable display as we’re going to be talking about, of stars. And they are different depending on where you see them from. So here’s what we’re going to be talking about today. Three parts to this Psalm. As David writes this Psalm, he writes it, as it were, in three parts. The first part, he talks about the heavens. And we’re going to focus on that. And he says that God reveals himself through his works in the heavens. The second thing he does, he turns and he talks about God’s law, and he tells us that God reveals himself through his word and through his law. And we’ll see that. And then the point that we would like to challenge ourselves on at the end is that David, as he thinks about the heavens and he thinks about the law, it demands a response from him. So God’s revelation demands a response. And my challenge to us as a group is we think about this is how do we respond to that information?

So the first point, God reveals himself through the heavens. So I want to just read that. And again, just think about times and maybe last night you went out and you lay on your driveway or something and you watched the meteor showers that happened this weekend. Think about times when you’ve looked up into the heavens and how miraculous and remarkable and millions of stars there are up there that you see. And David’s doing that as he writes this psalm. He says, the heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech night to night, reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.

Now, man has spent a lot of time trying to understand if there’s more in the heavens than what he can see. So there have been a number of telescopes that have been sent up to get out of the atmosphere to see better. Most of us will know about the Hubble telescope, but there are actually been now a number of telescopes that are way better that have been sent up. So these are images that you can see from the James Webb telescope. And this is looking, again, at constellations that couldn’t have been seen before. Here’s just one of them. This is the Herbig–Haro set of stars. You can see this really amazing kind of purple, pink kind of color that you can see that no one had been able to see before. But I guess the thing that impresses me the most is notice how many more stars there are behind this. Even further yet-to-be-explored stars that were seen. Here you can see another, this is the Vela Constellation. It’s got this really cool green kind of star dust kind of pictures. Again, this is 1470 light years away from the telescope. And yet again, aside from this beautiful constellation, you see, there are millions and millions of stars, even further on. So the next thing was, well, could you send even a better stellar telescope? And actually, that telescope was just launched up this past July. And this actually comes from the European Space Federation. And they sent up the Euclid. This is a new, even better telescope. And you can see that it now has taken up position at 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. And it is looking to see what it can see in the sky. And these are some of the first images that have come back. And you can see yet further out into the universe, more and more and more stars.

So what do we need to think about as we think about David, who’s looking and writing this? And I think there are a few things that have I’ve been looking at this passage that I’ve learned, and I hope I can share with you that will again, just get your heart racing, as it were, for the wonder of what God is showing us through the heavens. There are many things that you can say about the Psalm. Sometimes people will make it about God’s creation. I really try to stay true to what’s in the text, and he’s really, David is, talking about the heavens. So we really just going to talk today about the heavens. Fir0st thing he says is the heavens declare the glory of God. It’s very interesting. That word is actually to recount. It’s to literally count, and number includes every part of the story, not missing any bit, saying everything about it, enumerating every detail of God’s glory. It’s like heavens are saying over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. The glory of God. Then he says, day to day pours out speech. And that’s interesting because that’s the same kind of verbiage as is used in Proverbs chapter 18, verse four, where it talks about that a man’s words are like running water and the word is just sort of like a pouring out. So if you can imagine a gushing, a pouring out. So all the time this enumeration is pouring out, loud, cascading down the glory of God, pouring it out over and over again. Then he says, the night to night reveals knowledge. And the word here is interesting because it means breathed out. It’s almost like a quiet, exhaled breath. So you can hear the pouring and the pouring and the pouring and the gushing and the breathing and the breathing and the breathing and the pouring and the pouring and. And the breathing and the breathing and the breathing. On and on and on. And pouring and breathing and pouring and breathing again, all the time. Ceaseless praise and enumeration of God’s glory. So the point I think that we need to take away from this is that it is ceaseless. It is all the time, over and over and over again. There is never a quiet moment, day or night, when the heavens are not pouring forth and breathing out testimony to God’s glory.

So you might say to yourself, Well, I’m not hearing that or I’m struggling to hear that, or why do we not hear it? Is it really kind of hidden or bottled up or somehow we shouldn’t? Couldn’t hear it? Well, David goes on to say, not at all. In fact, if you’re missing it, it’s because you’re not paying attention. Emphasizes really the reach of the message and that no one, nowhere is out of range, because verses 3 to 6 say that. There is no speech, nor are there words whose voice is not heard. The voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the ends of the earth. So again, our take away here is ceaseless pouring out of God’s glory, enumerating over and over, pouring out, breathing out, pouring out, breathing out the glory of God. Very interesting, then. So he’s gone from the the skies and the heavens and the glory that is up there and all the stars, and then he kind of zooms back and he zooms back to the star that we care about really a lot. And that is the sun. So as most of you know, our sun is a star. In fact, it’s in the category of yellow dwarf stars, if you care. And as you can see, that’s actually a picture of the sun and what you see at the top, sort of one 1:00 position, there is a solar flare. Those in the room that are part of telecommunications, you know, you hate that because when that happens, all kinds of energy is expelled and it messes with telecommunications down here on Earth.

But the point, I think, is to see that our star, our sun is number one, really hot. So, again, you might say, how hot is hot? Well, it’s 5000°C. So you might go, I don’t work in Celsius. I have no idea what that is. Well, just to give you some idea, water boils at 100°C. If you go to a campfire and you get super close, that’s about 600°C. If you have molten lava running down and you shouldn’t be too close to that, that’s about 2000°C. Sun is 5500°C. It takes the light from the sun eight minutes to make it to us. And we’ll talk a little bit more about that because David talks about the light of the sun. The reason we care about the sun is we’re going round and round it and we actually measure our years by how long it takes us to get around the sun. So one time right around the sun is one year, 365 days. Not exactly because every four years we have to make a correction. We have to add an extra day in. That’s where leap year comes from. But I think this is the thing that’s the most impressive piece of information for me is we think about the universe and we look out there. It’ll probably take a million Earths to fill up the volume of the sun. And when scientists think about our sun relative to every other sun and star, it’s just kind of average in size. Isn’t that remarkable? Isn’t that amazing? Our God has made that kind of universe?

So, David then, after talking about all of those the stars in the in the universe, he then says in that sky that you can see he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving its his chamber and like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. So again, a few things that are interesting. Back in Old Testament times and in the times when the Psalms were written, and even today, in some cultures, if you’re getting married and you’re the bridegroom and you come out to meet the bride, the entire family, in fact, the whole village, everybody comes out celebrating with you. Similarly, if you run a race and you win the race, maybe a marathon or whatever, you’ve often see this on TV, someone will drape a flag around their shoulders and take a leap, a circuit of honor. In many respects, that’s what David’s saying the sun is doing. It goes across the heavens. And it’s like that bridegroom or it’s like that winning of the race person, celebrating and sharing the victory and the amazement of it all.

So as we think about the first part of the psalm, what do we think it’s teaching us? So here are some of my thoughts. But I would say that obviously I’d love you to be thinking about it along with me. Just like the heavens are infinite, God is infinite in his power. Just like the heavens, and the message from the heavens, is ceaseless, that over and over and over and over, pouring out and breathing in and pouring out. God is like that. He is consistent and faithful and never failing and always the same. And just like as we thought about the sun and the light from the sun, God is radiant in his splendor. And just like we thought about the heat of the sun, God is consistently strong. And I remember when I was writing that down, I thought, well, you know, there are times when I’ve been in Minnesota and I’ve told you I’ve been here now 28 winters. And I did not really feel that the sun in winter was particularly strong. It was more light than heat. But it’s interesting. It was almost like the Holy Spirit said to me, Yeah, but think about that. Why is the heat not as evident in the winter? And that’s because the earth is tipped and we are actually further away from the sun in the winter than we are in the summer. And it was like the Holy Spirit, even said to me, Well, don’t you see the metaphor right there? Why do we not feel the heat of God’s presence? It’s because God didn’t move, the sun didn’t move, we moved. We are further away from his heat. And I guess the challenge for us today as we get to the end and the challenge, is where are you relative, and where am I relative, to God? And do we need to move closer?

So we are going to move then to the second thing. So David spoke about the heavens declaring the glory of God. Now he switches and he talks about God revealing himself through His word. So this is what he says: “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”. So again, many of you that have read Scripture will know that there are parts of Scripture, we’re kind of in Hebrew text. It’s very typical for things to be said more than once. It’s a way to kind of emphasize points. But as I was reading this through, it didn’t really seem to me that it was just kind of a repetitive emphasizing of the same points. It really seemed that David is saying a lot of different things in slightly different ways. And that got me thinking about how David is really kind of giving us different facets of the same overarching picture.

So I wonder if any of you have any idea what that blob is right there. Well, it’s a diamond. Absolutely. This is the largest diamond in the world. Uncut. So it’s just a replica. I’ll show you the real thing in just a minute. So you might go, well, yeah, so who cares? Well, I care because actually, that was mined about 30 miles from where I grew up. So this is the Cullinan diamond. And the Cullinan diamond was actually mined in Cullinan, which is a town, small town, about 30 miles, as I said, away from Pretoria, South Africa, where I grew up. And what’s interesting about this diamond, supposedly mined in 1905, well before I was born, but the story reportedly goes about the guy that minded, grabbed it and threw it up to a buddy and go, Hey, I think this is a big one. Well, he was right. It was the biggest one. And just to give you some idea of how big is big, if you are one of the ladies in the audience here and you have a ring on your finger and it has a diamond, if you have a one carat diamond, that’s pretty big and quite special. This thing was 3106 carats large; and about the size, maybe just a little smaller than a baseball. Well, it turns out that it was cut. And I’ll show you some pictures in just a second. Named the Star of Africa and was given as a gift to the king of England, who was Edward the seventh at the time, that has been quite contentious in recent years. But this is what it looks like now. So there you can see the diamond on the right there. You can see the scepter, which is part of the crown jewels. And in fact, if you watch the coronation of King Charles, he had that scepter in his right hand during the time of the coronation. So you might go, well, what is the point of telling us all about the Cullinan diamond? Well, think about this. That blob that you saw, it wasn’t particularly interesting. Yeah, it was a kind of an interesting colored stone, but it wasn’t very beautiful. That diamond is remarkable. It’s phenomenal. And how did it get to be like that? Well, craftsmen went in and cut it in a way that many, many facets are determined on that diamond, and light goes in and light reflects out. And it takes what is a kind of ordinary rock and takes that rock and makes it beautiful, makes it come alive, makes it shine, makes it remarkable. And I think that’s what David is doing. And this is what the Holy Spirit has inspired him to do. As we look at God’s law, it’s like those multiple facets make the whole picture of God’s law more obvious.

So we’re going to go through that. And there are really six, as it were, definitions or descriptions of God’s law. And then there are six divine effects of God’s law. And the six descriptions are perfect; trustworthy; right; radiant; pure; and sure. And the effects of God’s law are revives the soul; makes wise the simple; gives joy to the heart; brings light to the eyes; endures forever; and is altogether righteous. So why do I hope that we can take away from this as we kind of think it through? The first thing that I think we need to remind ourselves that each one of these things, as David talks about it, he says the word of the Lord. So this is a revelation, as it were, that has divine origin. This is inspired revelation, revelation of the Lord himself. That’s kind of the multi facets of the diamond of Scripture. So what I’d like to do is to go through each one of these. And what I hope you will see is that there are kind of three key words.

The first one is the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. So the key words there are the law, perfect and reviving. And as I looked through this, I really was kind of really just blessed. And I hope you will be, too, about some of the words and what they mean and how they are different concepts and different facets of really all of what God is instructing us about. So law in this word, in this verse here is Torah. It’s actually God’s law, it’s God’s instruction, it’s God’s direction. It really describes God pointing out for us the road to life. The word perfect actually means all sided. It’s like complete. It’s whole, it’s the entire picture. There’s nothing that should be added to it. There’s nothing that should be taken away from it. Again, it even came back to that whole idea of multiple facets that we just spoke about when we spoke about a diamond. And reviving is really the word that comes from, you can imagine that plant that you didn’t look after for the week. You were away on vacation and you came back and it really didn’t look great, but you poured the water on it and miraculously it came back. It was revived. So just thinking about the law of the Lord is perfect. Reviving the soul, just like that water would revive that thirsty plant.

Second thing is the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. So the testimony sure and simple. So testimony here is to bear witness. This is God’s testimony of his own affirmation of his person and his purpose. And sure really means firm. It’s like a foundation. It’s permanent, it’s reliable. It can be relied on. It will remain the same. It will not vary. And simple isn’t about foolish or stupid. This is actually foolish, meaning needing to learn, open wide, spacious. It’s not knowing but ready to receive. And that’s why it will make wise the simple, if we’re ready to receive the education and instruction God gives. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The third thing is the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Now, it’s interesting. You’re going to sort of see a little progression over the next number of words here. But precepts here means statutes like principles. It’s the principles and the responsibility that God has put on us as people, the principles that he wants us to live by. And the word says that those statutes are right. They are grounded and founded in the righteousness of God. And they’re not just our wisdom, people’s wisdom or philosophy or whatever. But interestingly, that word can also mean straight. It’s like those precepts map out a straight line, a straight course that will guide a person. And then rejoicing the heart, I think, is kind of obvious. I don’t know if you’ve ever been driving through a storm or a dodgy neighborhood and you were trusting your GPS and you were super thrilled when you got to where you were trying to get to and everything went okay. So clearly the precepts of the Lord are right. Rejoicing the heart.

Number four, the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. So commandments, I think we’re all pretty comfortable with. We know what that is. That’s an instruction from somebody who’s more in a superior position to someone who’s in a lesser position. That’s sort of like a king to his subjects or a general to his troops or maybe even a father to a son, or a farmer, to the laborers. Interesting here. Another word for this is well, the contrast, I guess, would be with the statute that we just did or the precepts that we just did right before. While a statute is more of a general principle, a commandment is more of a specific way to actually carry out that principle. So here you can see the additional kind of change of emphasis that David puts in where the commandments of the law, the specific instructions, the way in which he wants you to carry out the principles those are. Then he says pure. They’re clean. They’re not defiled. There’s no mixture of error. There’s no sin that would in any way pollute it. And just like we’re called to be light in the world, the commandments enlighten the eyes. Basically, it brings light to a subject so that you can see it clearly and you can discern and distinguish the right things. The commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. So fear isn’t to be scared. Fear here is the wholesome reverence, the awe for God and the Lord and his will. And it’s really an appropriate response to God’s authority and majesty. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. And clean is interesting because clean is not just to kind of wash it and wipe it. So it’s nice. Clean is actually the same way as you get gold where you will heat it up significantly hot and then scrape off the dross, the impurities off the top. So what you’re left with is clean. But that clean is by fire. That clean is by heat. That clean is clearly much more pure. The fear of the Lord really gets rid of, as were the impurities in our lives so that we are clean and that endures forever. Because again, imagine that gold has value that never diminishes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.

And then it says, The rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. Rules here are like judgments or verdicts. I just spent a week in being part of the jury as a jury duty, and I got quite familiar with judgments and verdicts, etcetera. But there’s no corruption in God’s court of the Lord. His judgments are 100% true. The true here is actually also interesting because it’s not an adverb or an adjective. It’s actually a noun, which basically means and implies utter dependency, utter honesty and truth.

And then finally, it’s righteous. It’s correct, it’s holy. So as we think about this scripture is God’s law, God’s testimony, God’s precepts, God’s commands, God’s fear, God’s manual for worship and God’s judgments. And it’s pure, comprehensive. Sure. Right. Clean. Clear, true. Totally transforms our whole inner person, makes  the people that are undiscerning skilled in all aspects of living, it produces an unassailable joy. It makes dark places light. It endures forever. And it’s valuable for every culture, every place, every age, every person, and relevant for everyone. And it produces comprehensive righteousness. See the picture. The heavens just pour out God’s glory and God’s word just tells us over and over and over and over and over and over again who God is.

So then we get to the last thing. You can imagine David’s written that, he’s written how the heavens declare God’s glory. He’s written how the word is really God’s revelation to us. Then the question is, what’s the response? God’s revelation demands a response. So as I was thinking about this, my mind immediately went to James 1:22-25. It says, Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues it continues in it, not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it. They will be blessed in what they do. So this is what’s really and you’ll see this – themes are now going to be echoed again as David finishes the psalm.

This is particularly relevant to me. I don’t know about you guys, but I have occasionally cut myself shaving and one of my ways in which I would deal with cutting yourself shaving is to take a little bit of Kleenex and stick it right on that little spot that you cut yourself and then give it some time for it to actually heal up. And you’d usually notice that in the mirror. But the key point is to pay attention and look in the mirror again before you leave the house. Because if you walk around for most of the rest of the day with a bit of Kleenex stuck on your face, that is exactly what James said I should not have been doing. So I want us to think about are we going to look at God’s Word and what David says in this Psalm and be like me who walks around with a piece of Kleenex stuck on his face for most of the day because they didn’t really look again in the mirror and make sure that I applied what I saw to my life.

So here’s what David says after he’s heard that first part of the psalm. He says this is now in regards to God’s word and his law and his commands. He says “More to be desired than gold, even much fine gold, sweeter than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”.

So I guess the challenge I have for myself and I hope is a challenge for you is, is what is my appropriate response to what I read in this Psalm, and as I modeled it on what I see, David and his response? So I guess the following would probably be true: an appropriate response is demonstrated by our desire for God’s Word. So you see that right in the first section of verse ten? It says More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold. Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

A second appropriate response would be demonstrated by our receiving the warnings from God’s Word. And you see that in verse 11. Moreover, by them is your servant warned? Do I hear what the word is telling me that I am warned to be cognizant of.  A third response, appropriate response, would be demonstrated by obeying God’s Word and receiving His rewards. That’s in the second half of verse 11. In keeping them there is great reward.

A fourth appropriate response, we demonstrated in our willingness to confess our sins. And I kind of hear, you know, first John, chapter one, verse nine, it says, if we forgive, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And that’s right there where David says, Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from my hidden faults.

An additional appropriate response would be demonstrated by our praying for God’s help to have victory over sin. So David here is saying keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I will be blameless and innocent of great transgression. And finally, an appropriate response would be demonstrated in our desire to please God with our mouths and our hearts. Right in verse 14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Well, as we end it, it’s interesting.

I got this, found this little anonymous quote where the person said, I have heard people say, I wish God would speak to me. All the while God is saying, I wish they would listen to me. And I guess I would say this is what the psalm tells us. Day after day after day after day, the heavens are declaring the glory of God. On and on and on, Gushing forth, breathing out, gushing forth, breathing out all the time. God’s word is right there and over and over and over and over with multiple facets. God’s word is teaching and telling us and God is expressing his love to us and expressing his desire to have a relationship with us. So as I thought, what did I learn from this psalm and what do I pray you might too? I think my takeaways were God speaks to us through the heavens and through His word, over and over and over and over. And he is telling us that how awesome and amazing he is, over and over and over and over. His word and his law shows us the perfection and the standards that he requires. And there are so many facets to that. It’s so rich, it’s so deep, it’s so amazing. But… When I think of myself, and I’m sure maybe you do too: We cannot be in his presence or perfectly apply his law like we should on our own. That’s why we need Jesus. So again, I just come back to the deep gratitude that I have for Jesus and the fact that He, Jesus, who was God, left heaven to come as a rescuer, a rescue mission to save me, to save us from our sin. He lives a perfect life. He meets all the standards that God requires, and he dies in our place. And by dying in our place, he takes our sin. And we can be forgiven. And all we’ve got to do is take the forgiveness that is offered to us.

So my challenge to those that may not know that forgiveness, talk to somebody about how you can actually have a relationship with Almighty God because the perfect person Jesus has taken your place, taken the price paid, the sin has been paid for, and you can have a relationship restored with him. But many of us in the room, we know Jesus. I guess my challenge to you, as it is to myself, is so how grateful am I for that rescue mission? How much when I hear the heavens declaring God’s glory, when I read about His word, revealing his glory, does it really just instill in me how honored and grateful I am, and should be, for the relationship that I can enjoy with Almighty God because of Jesus? So I guess that brings us to what David ends with, and I trust that it’s true for me, but I trust it’s true for you too. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Let us pray.

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