For the last few weeks I have been writing on Psalm 19. It is one of my favorite psalms! This poem of David speaks powerfully to the ways that God reveals Himself: through creation, through His word, and in our experiences. God wants us to know Him. To know God is to know love, life, and joy.
The end of Psalm 19 says:
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
We can know God through our experiences. Our Creator is revealed in the human soul. The guilt we feel points to a moral code, made by a Code Maker. God is good and made humans to live to a standard. We know, we feel when we have fallen short of this standard. We expect others to live up to this standard. God is revealed.
There is a desire, inside of every human being, to please God. Even those who do not believe in God (usually because they have been hurt by people) still have a desire for Someone to be proud of them. God revealed Himself to David, and David embraced who God is – his rock and redeemer. Those who know the Lord live with gratitude and devotion.
We can’t please everyone. Those who live to please God can’t live first to please themselves – they have to trust that Christ will give what they truly need. Pleasing God means others may not be pleased, and there will be a level of rejection and conflict that come with the life of devotion. It is worth it. Nothing compares to knowing and loving the Lord. He has revealed Himself to us. It is the joy of life to know Him more.