Psalm 19:1-14: January 26—How can I be sure God exists?
Jan 19, 2014
By WILEY RICHARDS

RICHARDS
In thinking about proofs for the existence of God, theologians generally divide the evidence into two categories, general, or natural, revelation and special revelation. The former would include indications of a creative mind or person, as indicated in the natural order, such as the heavenly phenomena or data gleaned from the earth. Special revelation, in turn, refers to the unveiling of God by Himself as recorded in the Bible. Psalm 19:1-6 illustrates evidence from general revelation and 139:7-9. Verses 10-14 addresses human spiritual needs.

We begin by looking at evidence for God’s existence in the natural order (vv. 1-6). Humans from the beginning of recorded time have been obsessed with the rhythm and predictable movements of the heavenly order. Astrologers studied star formations, discerned their circuitous routes and even concocted supposed impact on humans, stated in astrological charts. So pervasive are the influences of the natural order on humans that some anthropologists assert they have never found any evidence of humans who did not believe in supernatural beings.

The situation today is different. We hear about atheists, some of whom are scientists, who deny there is any evidence to prove God’s existence, but holding that view comes with its problems. For example, take an account of the origin of the universe almost universality held to be true by astronomers. It states that the expanding universe “began” about 13.5 billion years ago from an exceeding small point, say, the size of a marble. For some unexplained reason, the point exploded, popularly called the “Big Bang,” but also known as singularity. 

My point is this: No scientist, as a scientist, can ever explain how the Big Bang occurred because the events must necessarily be before the advent of space and time, without which science is impossible. 

Scientists who speculate about the prior conditions do not engage in science, but scientism.

The atheistic position comes with a price, however, especially in two other broad areas. First, they are left without an objective guide for determining right and wrong. If we depend on the “smartest” people among us, who will be on the ethics board? In the final analysis, if God’s standard is not used, each person is left to live by his or her own standard. Chaos always results.

Atheists have trouble explaining how an orderly creation functions without principles given by the Creator. Why and how do the “laws of nature” function? Some resort to saying, “Nature says…. ‘ or “Evolution brings about….” Notice that Nature and Evolution always have capital letters, a tacit admission that someone has invoked a supra-natural explanation.

The psalmist directs attention to God’s laws (vv. 9-12). The most common Jewish word for the law is Torah. It can mean the instructions given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the first five books of the Old Testament, or even selections from the prophets.

For us, the Bible consists of 66 books, 27 from the New Testament and 39 from the Old Testament. Covering a period of about 1,500 years, and composed by at least 40 different writers, it has stood the test of time. It has scores of Messianic prophecies fulfilled in Christ. The legitimacy of the prophecies is verified in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, written nearly 100 years before Christ.

There is only one way to know that God exists. You must meet Him. Trust the trustworthiness of God’s Word. Believe in Him and confess your sins and you will be saved.

In closing, David realized God alone can protect against the appeal of sin (vv. 13-14). He prayed for special protection against “presumptuous” sins, acts he did not even consider wrong. 

He closed with the heartfelt prayer, asking that the thoughts of his heart to be acceptable to God.

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