Someone is revealing Himself to you.

7:19 PM

My father preached a sermon from Psalm 8 and 19 collectively, at church today. It really hit home for me. His three main points were General Revelation, Special Revelation and "Supreme" Revelation. My dad could have made his whole sermon out of the first point, because he spent forever on it and was really excited about it. The last two points were there just cause they kinda fit. He should have done a sermon series, rather.

If you like theology at all, be my guest! Dig in, please, because I'll kind of be regurgitating the sermon for you in my own words in this post. But first you must read this scripture before anything else.

Psalm 19

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4Their measuring line goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.

10More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


Revelation is basically how God reveals Himself to us. (Reveal is the "root" word for revelation)

1. General revelation is God's Creation; how He reveals Himself through the things He has made to everybody, regardless of language, or nationality. For instance, a Spaniard and a Mongolian can stand side by side and enjoy a beautiful sunset mutually. They don't have to speak the same language to be able to experience the same awe. Psalm 19:1and 2 says
"The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge."

Notice it doesn't say "The heavens hint at the glory of God, the sky whispers his handiwork. Day to day trickles out speech and night to night provides sneak-peeks at knowledge."? God truly has established His name in creation. The more you study it, the more it points to Him.
At this part my Dad had some really cool illustrations
about the sun (Psalm 19:4-6, go read it), about how privileged planet earth is (it's perfect temp., tilt, position in the galaxy, magnetic fields and so on and on, all suspiciously point to a Creator, and a bunch of other scientific stuff that all points to God,proving the point that God is revealing Himself to us through the work of His hands. Extremely fascinating. Too bad I can't about write it all here.

God shows His Might, His Magnificence and His Management to all people of the earth, the elect and non-elect alike.

He displays His Might (power, strength) through the thunder and tempest, hurricanes and crashing waves.

His Magnificence (beauty), He shows through the rainbow, the majestic snow-peaked mountains, the sunrise illuminating the dawn with breath-taking brilliance.

His Management (order, control) is revealed through gravity, natural laws of physics, the regularity of seasons, high tide/low tide.


He has revealed attributes of Himself through creation, to everyone on earth, whether they acknowledge it or not. That is why we call it "general" revelation.

2. Next comes The Word and God's Law, God's Special Revelation. It more directly speaks of God. He reveals Himself still more potently to us through His scripture. That is why we call it special revelation, because it is specific. It is special, exclusive, in a way. Psalm 19:7-9 says


"The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
8the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9
the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether. "

Here it is talking about God's law, and how through it He 'enlightens our eyes', makes the simple wise, and revives our weary souls.
Exodus 20 is where God documents his ten commandments, and much of the old testament is a compilation of God's perfect law. Notice how God begins the Commandments by revealing Himself to His people, identifying Himself with them. Exodus 20:2 and 3 it says:

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3"You shall have no other gods before me." Etcetera, etc.

See how He says "I am the Lord your God", in the introduction of His perfect law? He is introducing Himself to His chosen people, and demonstrating to them how He has standards of perfection. This is special revelation, God revealing Himself, His attributes, to us through His law.

3. Lastly, Supreme Revelation is how God brings us to Him, reveals Himself to us to the fullest, through His Son, Christ Jesus. Jesus, who was/is fully God, became fully man, so that we might know God and have a personal relationship with Him. Christ died so that God's standard of perfection could be reconciled, that we, imperfect as we are, could know God and enjoy Him, even though He is perfect. This is Supreme Revelation.

The application of this is 1. go! Enjoy God's creation! Experience the things He has done. He is speaking to you through it! 2. Read His Word, uphold and obey His holy Law. 3. Acknowledge what Christ has done for you, rejoice that the chasm of sin that seperated you from your Father has been breached and that God has chosen to reveal Himself to you. Rejoice! Rejoice! Amen.

Well, that is a boiled down version of the sermon, although Dad presented it much better than I have here. I hope I haven't bored you to tears. ;)

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