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Summary: Just as we can get to know an artist through their art, we can know God through His creation

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How To Have a Personal Relationship With Jesus July 8, 2007

Hearing God in his Creation

Over the past few months we’ve been doing this series called. “How To Have a Personal Relationship With Jesus” We’ve looked at how to start the relationship; how to talk to God, how to recognize God’s voice; the Holy Spirits role in our relationship; how to hear his voice through scripture, and in worship; Carl spoke last week on hearing God in affliction.

This week we are going to look at hearing God in his creation.

Intro - stories of awe and wonder with nature

Rain storm

3 Sun Rises

Bay Street

Stars

Psalm 8

O LORD, our Lord,

LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

above the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants

you have established a stronghold against your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what are mere mortals that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

all flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

vs 2 - children and infants

“Have you ever watched a small child studying the movements of an insect, or touching a sticky bud for the first time, or listening to a sea shell? Have you ever seen a group of children crouched round a rock pool, silent, attentive, intrigued, totally absorbed and full of wonder?” - Sister Margaret Magdalen in “Jesus, Man of Prayer”

She says that this awe and wonder is the child’s first prayer.

children are natural conteplatives

- discovery of God in his creatures,

- Calvin’s "general revelation"

Rom 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

which is like a bridegroom

coming forth from his pavilion,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

Isn’t all this “finding God in nature” a little pagan or new-agey?

I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. (Psalms 77:12 NIV)

Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. (Psalms 119:27 NIV)

I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. (Psalms 143:5 NIV)


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