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Psalm 19

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Two Ways God Has Revealed Himself

Psalm 19

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Lesson Number 13

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God has spoken with general revelation.
  2. God has spoken with special revelation.

Practical Application

  1. What is our response to the books of Revelation?

Questions

  1. How does God reveal Himself according to Psalm 19?
  2. What is the difference between general revelation and special revelation?
  3. What New Testament passage addresses God’s general revelation?
  4. Discuss the two Hebrew names for God used in this psalm.
  5. How did David respond to God’s great glory and holiness as revealed in His creation and His Word (verses 12-14)?

Answers

  1. Through Creation and through Scripture
  2. The Creation is God’s general revelation, because it has been given to everyone. The Scriptures are God’s special revelation because they are specifically given to certain people and they contain revelation of the one true God that cannot be determined from general revelation.
  3. Romans 1:20
  4. In verses 1-6 the name is El, meaning “the strong one.” This describes the power of God. In verses 7-14, the name is Yahweh or Lord, which stresses God’s covenant relationship with His people.
  5. David desired righteousness in his own life.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Recall a time when the general revelation of creation has testified to you about the existence and character of God. What feelings did this inspire within you?
  2. For David, the Word of God was the most valuable and most satisfying treasure he owned. Discuss how you can develop this attitude about the Word in your own life.

Challenge

  1. Review David’s response to God’s revelation in verses 12-14. How will you respond?

Key Verses

  • "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." Psalms 19:1
  • "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer." Psalms 19:14

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