1. How would you describe President Trump to someone who had never heard of him?
2. How would you describe one of your grandparents to someone who did not know them?
3. How would you describe your spouse to someone who had never met him or her?
4. What are the different levels of relationship involved here? (One is general knowledge—information available to everyone. The second is special knowledge—available through a close relationship. The third is intimate knowledge—known only through a close, intimate relationship.)
God reveals Himself to us through His creation. We see such qualities as intentionality, orderliness, inventiveness, beauty, goodness, cleverness, uniqueness, steadiness and more.
5. What do we know about our God who created both horses and zebras; badgers and beavers; robins and cardinals; cockatoos and buzzards—and the list could go on? (He is a creative God who loves variety!)
God reveals Himself through special revelation in His Word.
But God reveals Himself specifically through Jesus Christ.
Through each of these, beginning with His general revelation, we learn a little more about who God is and how He desires to relate to His creation.
The question each of us must answer is: How do we respond when God reveals Himself to us? In His general revelations do we ignore the evidence around us and proclaim God’s creation is simply a freak accident, a big bang that occurred from nothing and made something? In His special revelation do we ignore His Word and proclaim this doesn’t apply to me? In His specific revelation do we proclaim this as simply a fairytale made up by weak dreamers?
In Psalm 19, the psalmist described two ways God has given us to help us know Him better. We can learn about God by observing His creation, but He also reveals Himself through His Word.
Seen In Creation! Read Psalm 19:1-6
1. What are the various ways creation is personified in these verses? (Declare; proclaims; pour out speech; communicate knowledge; their words; pitched a tent; rejoices.)
2. Notice all the synonyms for “tell” in verses 1-2. What is the psalmist teaching us through these words?
3. What do the heavens and sky proclaim about God? (The heavens declare the glory of God—the visible representation of the invisible. They also declare the work of God’s hands, communicate knowledge even without words.)
Glory refers to God’s manifested power and revealed character. God’s glory is the outshining, or the expression, of His character.
All people are accountable to God since He reveals Himself through His creation!
4. How do you make sense of the apparent contradiction between verse 3 and 4?
Read Romans 1:19-23.
When our Astronauts made their first trip to orbit the moon they read from Genesis 1:1. After the first Russian Cosmonauts made his trip into space Nikita Khrushchev is quoted as saying “Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any god there.”
5. What do the images in verses 4-6 teach us about God? (Consider one image at a time. Pitched a tent for the sun; groom coming from the bridal chamber; athlete running a course; rising from one end to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.)
God created nature. Nature is not God, so there is never a place to worship it. Nature reveals some of the glory of God, it is not God!
Also note that God created time, but He is not bound by it. God also created the physical laws that govern the universe but He is not bound by those laws!
6. What conclusions can we draw about God by observing His creation? (God is great, mighty, powerful and supreme!)
7. What misconceptions about God might people draw if they only depend upon what they see in creation? (God is withdrawn from us and is not interested in a relationship with His creation.)
We’ve looked at God’s general revelation to us now we will consider His special revelation to us.
Seen In His Word! Read Psalm 19:7-11
The name used for God in the first 6 verses is “Elohim”. The name used in verses 7-11 is “Yahweh,” which was God’s special, covenant name revealed to His people Israel. Most English Bibles render it Lord.
1. “Instruction,” “testimony,” “precepts,” “command,” and “ordinances” are all synonyms for what? (God’s law.)
God’s Word provides people with an infallible guide for living in right relationship with God! The law in God’s Word is meant to free us, not place us in bondage. Contrary to what many people believe, a life of freedom comes only by being obedient to God’s instructions. He created us and knows what is best for us.
2. How did the psalmist describe each of these synonyms for God’s law and the benefit of obedience from his perspective?
God’s Law Described Benefit Received
Instruction Perfect Renewing one’s life
Testimony Trustworthy Making one wise
Precepts Right A Glad heart
Command Radiant Making eyes light up
Fear Pure Enduring forever
Ordinances Reliable/righteous More desirable than
3. Can we say that everything that is said here is true of Jesus? (Yes! Jesus is the Word made flesh! Therefore all of the truths here are true of Jesus!)
4. What is the final conclusion the psalmist made about God’s Word in verse 11? (We are “warned by them” and “there is great reward in keeping them.”)
5. How does God’s Word help us avoid dangers and traps?
6. If we know there are benefits to keeping God’s Word, why do we so easily choose to disregard or disobey it?
7. How does your life show that you treasure God’s Word?
Celebrated in His People! Read Psalm 19:12-14
1. How does the focus shift here? (Isn’t this a normal, logical progression as we read God’s Word and allow it to penetrate our heart with its truth?)
2. What happens in our lives as we read and meditate on God’s Word? (Sin is revealed for what it really is. As we apply God’s Word to our life hidden or unintentional sin is revealed. We become convicted of our intentional sin.)
3. How do we deceive ourselves about our unintentional sins? (Both intentional and unintentional sins rule over us.)
4. How do we deceive ourselves with intentional (willful) sin? (We think we choose freedom when we choose sin. Yet the result is always bondage to sin. The only true freedom is found in Christ!)
God’s Word will always lead us into a greater awareness of our own sinfulness. This isn’t necessarily meant to make us feel more guilty but to make us more like Jesus.
5. What role does Scripture play in revealing our faults and sins?
6. How does God use Scripture in our lives to correct us so we can better reflect His character?
Summarize and Challenge!
1. How can the truths described in verses 1-13 become realities in our lives? (Put verse 14 into action.)
2. How can Psalm 19:14 serve as a daily prayer?
God’s Spirit will help us control our words, before they exit our lips.
We can’t control what thoughts enter our minds, but we can control what thought we entertain or eject.
Our words and our hearts determine the actions we choose.
Challenge: Every morning for the next seven days pray Psalm 19:14 and watch for the ways God answers!
Close by praying Psalm 19:14.