According to the National Solar Observatory, the core temperature of the sun is 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. Every second of every day, the sun releases five million tons of pure energy. Consider that the sun is one of trillions of stars in the sky, which were created when God spoke, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky” (Gen. 1:14).
Psalm 19 celebrates the truth that it is possible for us to know the Creator of the heavens and the earth. One way we can learn truth about God is by opening our eyes and looking at the world around us. Just like a painting can reveal truth about the artist, the stars and mountains, woods and streams reveal truth about the One who spoke them into being. David declares, “Day after day they pour forth speech” (v. 2). The word “pour forth” is used of a spring bubbling up out of the ground. It is as if the heavens are bubbling over, jabbering away about God.
In the second half of the psalm, David declares that we can know God through His Word. It is perfect and refreshing to the soul (v. 7). If we had to choose between Scripture and a heap of gold, the obvious choice is God’s Word. In addition to giving us wisdom, joy, and life, it warns us of danger and keeps us from errors (v. 11).
Most people in life desire money and pleasure. David here proclaims that Scripture meets both needs. The Word of God is sweeter than honey and more precious than gold. David concludes by thinking about his own speech. He recognizes how pure and true the words of Scripture are and prays that his own words will mirror those same qualities (v. 14).
When was the last time you watched a sunset or viewed the stars at night, giving praise to God for His greatness and power? Today, take special notice of the beauty of this created world. Then, as you turn to Scripture, thank God for the clarity and gift of His written revelation. His Word really is more valuable than gold!