Sweeter Than Honey

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"If God exists, why doesn't He make Himself known?" He has. The natural created world proclaims the existence of a Creator, especially the skies surrounding the earth.

All day, all night, God's voice reverberates to everyone on earth.

God's existence and voice are also made known within each person. First, our conscience—the inner sense of right and wrong. Second, the longing we all have for relationship.

Scripture

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made. Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again. They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth. [vss 1-4]

The sky is like a home for the sun. The sun comes out like a bridegroom from his bedroom. It rejoices like an athlete eager to run a race. The sun rises at one end of the sky and follows its path to the other end. Nothing hides from its heat. [vss 5-6]

The teachings of the Lord are perfect; they give new strength. The rules of the Lord can be trusted; they make plain people wise. The orders of the Lord are right; they make people happy. The commands of the Lord are pure; they light up the way. [vss 7-8]

Respect for the Lord is good; it will last forever. The judgments of the Lord are true; they are completely right. They are worth more than gold, even the purest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the finest honey. By them your servant is warned. Keeping them brings great reward. [vss 9-11]

People cannot see their own mistakes. Forgive me for my secret sins. Keep me from the sins of pride; don’t let them rule me. Then I can be pure and innocent of the greatest of sins. I hope my words and thoughts please you. Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me. [vss 12-14]

(Psalm 19:1-14 GW) [Context– Psalm 19]

Key phrase— Respect for the Lord is good; it will last forever

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Digging Deeper...

Review the Scriptures above as you answer the following questions

How is God's voice heard and known to all humanity? In what way is it expressed?

What is one example of God's voice and existence made known that circles the earth?

What are we told about the teachings and commands of God? What are they likened to?

What are the benefits of keeping God's teachings?

Reflection...

If God can be known through the natural world and within, why doesn't everyone accept His existence? Built into every human being is a capacity to resist God. It's called a free will.

When the beautiful intricacy of creation is reduced to a set of accidental and coincidental events, it deafens those who hold to that belief.

Insistence upon our way, regardless of its impact on others, hardens our hearts along with our conscience.

Creation reminds us daily of God's ever-present sovereign existence, and the truth of His word guides our consciences and helps soften our hearts towards God's Spirit.

Make it personal...

Read through the Scripture text again as you consider and answer these questions

How does God's creation speak to you? What speaks the loudest to you?

What things have you learned about God from the natural world?

How has God's Spirit and the Scriptures brought conviction, correction, and restoration in your life?

In what ways does the truth of God help you have a healthy relationship with God?


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