Psalm 19:3-4a There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world.
Introduction with video and a review on general, special and fullness of revelation
Today’s post is going to feature a video that someone recently sent to me that is an amazing visualization of what is being revealed in the above section of Psalm 19. For those readers who want to see the video first, I will provide the link here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwlMG1y2i2o. If readers would prefer to open this link until after reading today’s post, I have inlcuded this link near the end with some brief commentary on what is being depicted in the video. In the above picture (www.ifa.hawaii.edu) we see a depiction of the local galactic neighborhood of which our Milky Way is but a part. We will comment more on this at the end of the post where we will provide a link for the video just mentioned.
Over the past several weeks we have been doing a verse by verse study of Psalm 19:1-6 in an attempt to explore what Bible teachers call the doctrine of “General Revelation”. General revelation has to do with how God reveals the glory of His power and Divine nature in the universe, life here on earth and inside the human conscience. (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-31; Romans 2:15). When theologians speak of the term “revelation”, they are referring to the way in which God “unveils” or “discloses Himself” to us. General revelation tells us things “about God” but is not sufficient enough to bring us into a redemptive relationship with God. For that reason, God’s second form of revelation, “special revelation” in the scriptures, is required to bring unbelievers into contact with the “fullness of revelation” Jesus Christ.
The reason why the scriptures are called “special revelation” is because they are specifically confined to the words of the Books of the Bible. The Bible itself is called the “Word of God” (Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 1:23), meaning that it alone is Divinely inspired from God through the writings of the 40 human authors of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. All other books in the world, religious and otherwise, are “books of men”. However the Bible alone is unique in both its literary accuracy, its prophetic insight and redemptive capability to be used by the Holy Spirit to bring about the conversion of people to saving faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:17) Furthermore, Jesus Christ is called the “fullness of Revelation” because in His incarnation, He fully reveals the Person of God Himself and is the Redeemer. (John 1:14; Colossians 2:9).
Some remarks on Psalm 19:3-4a
In this portion of the Psalm David is indicating that the universe, from the largest structures as a galaxies, galaxy clusters and superclusters, all the way down to the smallest sub-atomic particles is filled with language. In Psalm 19:3 we see statements referring to God’s “speech”, “words” and “voice”. Then in Psalm 19:4a there is a special phrase that the NASB translates “their line”. The phrase “their line” is a translation of the one Hebrew noun “קַוָּ֗ם” (qa-woom) which could be rendered as “their line of information” or “their sentences”. Quite literally, The Triune God has woven into the fabric of space, time and matter His “recipe” or “language” that is discovered by scientists to be the numerous mathematical equations that describe the motions, chemistry, progression and fundamental building blocks of our universe. In other words, just as letters make up words, and words make up sentences and sentences make up paragraphs to ultimately comprise a book – so it is in how God has structured our universe. As the late great theologian and Christian philosopher Francis Shaeffer once quipped: “God is a talking God”.
A Great Video by singer Paul Wilbur: “Nobody like you”
As I mentioned at the beginning of today’s post, we are going to feature an amazing video that someone sent to me featuring a wonderful worship song by Paul Wilbur entitled “Nobody like you”. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwlMG1y2i2o. For those readers interested, I have provided some brief commentary on what the video seems to be depicting, with some final closing thoughts for our edification.
The song is a little over 8 minutes in length and is well worth the listen. As I watched the video and was drawn into the heart of worship by the incredible words and music of the song, various scenes of the universe were being depicted. The video begins with various shots of some of the planets in out solar system, with various other images depicting stars, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena. Whoever arranged the video was not putting together random pictures.
The photographs seem to be leading the viewer from our solar system through a gradual journey in and around our own Milky Way to the eventual outer skirts of the local cluster of galaxies of which the Milky Way is a part. The “Local Galactic Cluster” is composed of 30-40 gravitationally bound galaxies that stretch for over 50 million light years. These Galaxies contain between 100 million stars to the largest, Andromeda Galaxy, containing just over 400 billion stars. Out own Milky Way contains an estimated 100-200 billion stars, with each star having an average distance of 1-4 light years between them.
It is virtually impossible to imagine such distances (since one light year would require 25,000 years to transverse by conventional space craft!). A Galaxy itself can average between 25,000-over 200,000 light years in diameter! Yet that is the point of this series, the above video and Psalm 19:1-6 itself. God is supremely glorious and far more awesome than we could ever think or imagine. Only the light of His grace shining in our hearts through the Gospel of Jesus Christ can evoke a true appreciation and love for the Creator, Redeemer and Soon Coming King – Jesus Christ!
More next time….