Subject: Honesty Preaching Portion: Psalm 139
Theme: Being Honest before God. Sermonic Process: Exposition
1. ** closest friend/family
1. What is to Know Me
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
A. Know Me – v 1-6
U v. 1 intimate and active ** Surprised by Spouse
U v. 2 external and internal – thoughts far off ** orange sweater/lime green pants
U v. 3 all encompassing – where I go, sleep and all I do
U v. 4 Perfect knowledge – words & underlying motives
U v. 5 Protection **Father’s hand
U v. 6 Recognition of God’s Supremacy
2. How Deep Doe s God Know Me
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
A. How Deep? – v 7-12
U v. 7 - Recognizing Omnipresence **Mom’s watchful eye
U v. 8-10 God’s knowledge, presence, control – Sovereignty is boundless
Jer 23:24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the LORD; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD.
U V. 11-12 Just as Adam and Eve hid or Israel & Judah
o God before light in Genesis 1
3. Why Does God Know Me
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
A. Why does God know me?
U V.13 God personally active.
U V.14 Image bearers owing to creator **Foot of a Mountain
U V. 15 Created behind the veil – embroidered
“If an artist started work in a dark cave where there was no light, how could he set his hand to it? In what way would he proceed? What kind of workmanship would be produced? But God makes the most perfect work of all in the dark, for he fashions a child in the mother’s womb”. John Calvin
U V. 16 complete picture – beginning to end - **The Author
4. Knows All Things
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. 19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. 20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
A. Knows All Things
U V. 17Alarmed…no – comfort **Mom
U V.17-18 WoW! The focus
U V.19 Punishment comes / good & evil don’t mix
U V.20 Speak against God, his love and law
U V.21 “If God is with us…” are not those against God against us.
U V.22 No need to guess the Psalmist’s opinion **King and Country
U V.23 know my heart allegiance – test me, know my anxieties
U V.24 Rhetorical question - I am with God – Lead me to eternity.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Ø Intimate most hurt
Ø Come forward – don’t hide, repent
Ø Abortion Debate **twinkle
Ø Consort with the enemy vs. evangelizing
Ø EVERYDAY, EVERY MOMENT
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
September 10, 2000
Piano Prelude (5:50)
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Welcome: - Dave B.
Opening Prayer: - Dave B.
His Eye Is On The Sparrow - Dave B.
All The Way My Saviour Leads Me - Dave B.
Scripture: John 10:27 - Doug
Near To The Heart of God - Dave B.
Message: Psalm 139 – Who Knew? - Doug
How Great Thou Art - Dave B.
Prayer Time: - Doug
Closing Prayer & Benediction: - Doug