Just How Glorious is He?
October 19, 2014 Series: Psalms for the City
Passage: Psalm 19:1–19:14
1. All creation proclaims the awesome immensities of the greatness of God (General Revelation), Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:16-32; Psalm 8; Hebrews 2:6-9; Exodus 33. God cannot be domesticated, tamed, trivialized, dismissed, minimized, belittled, housetrained or controlled. He is awesomely transcendent, unequaled, unmatched, magnificent and superior in every way. This means that God abhors hubris, pride and glory given to any other, James 4:6; Daniel 4:37;Isaiah 42:8. The failure to think about and worship God rightly is the cause of thousands oflesser sins and griefs. Creation offers no assistance when we fail to worship.
A. He is the designer. He made it, Psalm 19:1.
B. The Maker is glorious, Psalm 19:2-4b
C. The apprehension of this gloriousness is a joyously happy thing. God is the only
soul satisfying reality, Psalm 19:4c-6
D. No one who has ever lived understands and responds to this appropriately in
repentance, faith, and worship, Romans 1:18-32.
2. God, studied and known through the Bible (Special Revelation), revealed in the Word of the Gospel of grace, is an extreme (biblically intensive, satisfying) sport, Psalm 19:7-10. Knowing Him requires the inward work of the Holy Spirit. It also requires work, study, thought, reflection, humility, scholarship, and transformation/change, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; Ephesians 3:4; 1 John 4:6; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-12; Exodus 33. This Gospel revolution pleases God.
3. What is the response to general and special revelation? We are moved to turn to God in repentant prayer and awe-filled worship, Psalm 19:11-14; Isaiah 6:1-8.
A. We request for help in seeing our hidden sins.
B. We plead for forgiveness and deliverance from willful sin.
C. We strive for purity.
D. We trust and place our faith in the Rock, the Redeemer.
Community Group Questions:
1. What is your favorites national park? What about the outdoors is the most beautiful to you? How does it point you to God?
2. What is the difference between general and special revelation? How does Romans 1 help with this distinction?
3. Does everyone trivialize God? Why?
4. If God had not revealed Himself to us would we have the ability to know anything about Him? What is it about God that makes this so?
5. The last four verses of Psalm 19 are the normal response to the first ten verses. Does everyone have hidden sins? Are they still sins if you don’t know they are sins? Why or why not?
6. Psalm 19:11-14 are very similar to the last two verses of Psalm 139. Compare and contrast? Are there similarities in Psalm 139:1-22 to Psalm 19:1-10?