Lets take a closer look at Psalm 19.
What does it take to bring someone to repentance? Repentance means a recognition of sin in our life and being able to walk away from that sin and walk towards God. So, what does it take for us to recognize our sin, confess it, repent and turn to God?
Psalm 19: 1-6
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 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,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 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.
For David it was the revelation of God in His creation and the revelation of God in His word. Look at verses 1-6. David once again looks at creation and he says that the heavens speak of the glory of God. Each day and night, if you were to look up at the heavens, you would see that they are speaking of God’s glory! It is hard not to look at creation and realize that there is a creator. So David sees creation and understands creation to be a revelation of God’s glory.
Psalm 19: 7-11
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
In verses 7-11, David talks about the revelation of God in His written Word. He talks about the Law of the Lord and the testimony of the Lord in verse 7. In verse 8, he speaks of the precepts of the Lord and His commandments. David talks about all of the benefits of God’s Word in these verses; that they revive the soul, make wise the simple, rejoice the heart, enlighten the eyes, endures forever etc.
So, we have the revelation of God in creation and the revelation of God in His written Word. What is David’s response to these things? Verses 12-14 shows Davids prayer of repentance and asking for protection from sin. He prays for forgiveness from unknown sin (verse 12), willful sin (verse 13) and asks that his sin would not rule over his life (verse 13).
So what does that mean for you and me? Have you ever thought about God’s revelation in creation and in His Word as part of God’s grace? God has not hidden Himself from us. Everything in creation shouts of His existence! God is also not silent. He has spoken to us and shown us in His Word how to have the fullness of life by walking in obedience to his word. Not only has He revealed himself in creation, and through His written Word, but His word became flesh and dwelt among us in the form of Jesus. (John 1:14) God has shown us who He is in Jesus Christ and repentance of sin. Trusting in Jesus as our savior means salvation for us for eternity!
14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
This is what brings us to repentance! Revelation of God in creation, revelation of God in His Word, and revelation of God in the flesh in Christ Jesus! When our eyes are open to the revelation of God, we no longer want to walk in sin, but we want to walk in obedience to God!