Summary: Psalm 19 leads us through an understanding of the Inerrancy of Scripture, showing that: 1) God is Perfect in His Nature(Psalm 19:1-6), 2) God is Perfect in His Word (Psalm 19:7-10) 3) God Perfectly Guides through His Word (Psalm 19:11-14)
One of the common controversies in athletic competition is judging. This year at the Olympics in Sochi Russia, there was a report from the French media of a judging pact in figure skating between the Russian and American judges. Figure skating continues to have accusations of judging scandals because of so many subjective elements. When success in the competition relies on things like “artistic merit”, then there can be a great deal of discrepancy and room for error.
When we judge the word of God, we have a lot more than “artistic merit” in consideration. We can consider fulfilled prophecy, archeological evidence, reports from hostile sources, concurrence between authors, and many other criteria in order to validate reports. The description of scripture as being free from error, is called “inerrancy”. It reflects the clear, true accurate manifestation of God.
God has manifested himself clearly. His great power is seen in the created world around us. But the revelation that comes from that display of his power is not in words. For revelation in words, we have to turn to the Scriptures, which are indeed the Word of God. Both forms of revelation are celebrated in this nineteenth psalm, though the focus is more on the wonder and beauty of God’s Word. It begins with reference to the demonstration of God’s power in the natural world (v.1-6) before changing to the perfection of His law (v.7-14). That change is marked by the use of the covenantal name for God—‘Lord’ (yhwh), used seven times in the second major section, while in the first it is absent. Instead, the general name ‘God’ (ʾêl) is used in verse 1, followed by the appropriate personal pronouns in the following verses. The point is clearly that while natural revelation points to God, yet a more complete and redemptive knowledge only comes through the divinely given word.
Why don’t people recognize God? Sin causes distortion, and it is only through the aid of God’s Spirit that we can see clearly God’s revelation of himself. But with God using human instruments to write scripture, how can we be sure that human sinfulness and error did not corrupt the writing?
Psalm 19 leads us through an understanding of the Inerrancy of Scripture, showing that:1) God is Perfect in His Nature(Psalm 19:1-6), 2) God is Perfect in His Word (Psalm 19:7-10) 3) God Perfectly Guides through His Word (Psalm 19:11-14)
1) God is Perfect in His Nature (Psalm 19:1-6)
Psalm 19:1-6 [19:1]The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims is 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. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving 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. (ESV)