Psalm 119: Nature Begs for the Bible

As a follow-up to my lengthy series for the supremacy of the Bible in the Christian life (“For Those Inclined to Christian Mysticism“), I’ll be providing several thoughts on Psalm 119. Today’s is from verse 64:

The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!

Notice the psalmist’s logic here: he observes the glory of God’s love in nature and says, “Teach me your statutes!” God’s glory in nature leads to a desire for God’s Word. God’s creation teaches us that we need special teaching written down in a book.

This is the exact opposite of what our mystic friends teach. They say things like, “God is too big to be known in the Bible. We should look for Him everywhere.” Well, that’s partially true, but the best way, the only true way, the perfect way of knowing Him is through His written Word.

As the psalmist enjoys God’s full kindness in the earth, he realizes that he needs more. More of God. He wants more of the LORD in his mind and heart and life. So he begs, pleads, entreats God – not for more nature, not for more rainbows, not for more trees – for more of the Scriptures, more statutes, more law, more gospel, more depth, more words from the Word.

The logic here is that God’s glory in nature only calls for the Word. We are meant to admire His creation so that we want to know Him in the Word. His lovingkindness in nature leads to wanting more lovingkindness through the Bible.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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