Throughout our lives two words have been shared with, or directed toward, each of us. Our parents used them. Our teachers used them. Now, as a father, I use them, sometimes daily.
God uses these two words, too. He uses them frequently, offers them intently, and often phrases them differently. They are implied in Psalm 19:1-4. See if you can spot them.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and 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.
You have said them; I have said them; and here, God says those famous two words: Pay attention.
Psalm 19 is an amazing psalm. It summarizes how God reveals Himself to us and speaks to us. Psalm 19 is only 14 verses long, take a moment and read it. Go ahead, I’ll wait here for you.
Now that you have read it — you did read it, didn’t you? — we can take a peek at it. Verses 1-6 speak to God revealing Himself through creation. This is know as God’s “general” revelation of Himself. It is general in the sense that He shows us some of His power, character, and ways. Verses 7-11 point to the beauty and benefits of God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible is known as God’s “specific” or “particular” revelation. In His Word God shows in detail Who He is, what He is like, and His will and ways. In short, creation provides a sketch of God’s presence and power, the Bible is a gallery of detailed portraits of the nature, attributes, work, and will of God.
Last Saturday, we enjoyed a kayaking trip on the upper White River. It was a part of the river that I had never seen. As you can tell from the picture, it was spectacular! As I soaked in the scenery, Psalm 19 simmered in my mind. Later that evening, after unpacking the Jeep, putting up kayaks, and applying globs of aloe vera gel to my sunburn, I visited Psalm 19. As I read it prodded me to take more time to observe — to look for Him. As your weekend begins, let Psalm 19 serve as a signpost for you to watch for Him around you, and to pursue Him in His Word.
Psalm 19 instructs us to observe His handiwork in creation, then to burrow into His Word and get to know Him. There is a difference between admiring craftsmanship and knowing the craftsman. Psalm 19 admonishes us to do both, and to pay attention as we do. We owe it to Him to be intentional in each of these.
Have a good weekend.
Pay attention, you won’t want to miss what He will to show you.