Jubilee Weekly September 25, 2018

“KNOWING GOD”

Dr. David Jeremiah recently came out with a book titled, “The God You May Not Know”. It is an excellent book and, in many ways, is a study on the attributes of God.

This meditation is not based on that book, but is a passion I have to help the people I shepherd to really know their God as intimately as possible. I am going to take us on a trip involving Psalm 139.

Our intimacy with God will never be any greater than our knowledge of Him. The prophet Hosea delivered God’s charge against the people of Israel and He (God) said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God.

I also will forget your children.” People are perishing for a lack of knowledge of the living God. Knowing God is more than an accumulation of facts about God. I hope you will read Romans 1:18-32.

In verse 28, we read of people “who didn’t even want to retain their knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a debased mind.” That is a sobering thought.

Folks, God knows all about you and me. Listen to what David wrote in Psalm 139: “O LORD, you have searched me and know me. You understand my thoughts afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down. And you are acquainted with all my ways.”

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Our God is omniscient or all knowing.
Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-31:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Think of it — God is interested in sparrows and hair. Jesus said, “You are of more value than many sparrows.”

As David reflected on the omniscience of God, he was overwhelmed by the truth that God had exposed him and knows him so intimately. Numerous passages remind us that, “God knows the very thoughts we are thinking.” (Psalm 94:11; Matthew 9:4; 1 Corinthians 3:20).

God knows our thoughts, our words, our actions, and our very motives. There isn’t anything that escapes His knowing.

David is also impressed by the fact that God is omnipresent. He is everywhere present. It is futile to think we can ‘hide from God.’ He not only knows who we are but

He knows where we are. (Genesis 3:8) David asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 138:7-12)

What a comfort it is to know that our LORD is always with us. In the great commission given by Christ to His disciples, He made this promise — “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

In Exodus 33:14, God promised Moses that as He led the children — “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Listen to the promise God gave to His people in Isaiah 45:2-3, “I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”

David also was amazed by the fact that God is omnipotent or all powerful. (Psalm 139:13-18) “For you formed my inward parts: You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made …. How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”

The physical body is so amazing. When God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of life, He pictured cells, skin, eyes, ears, heart, inner organs, etc. All fitly joined to work in harmony with each other for the good of the whole body. He even designed us to see in color.

The prophet Jeremiah (32:17) wrote, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

Listen to what the angel said to the virgin Mary, when he shared she had been chosen to carry the Savior in her womb — “For with God, nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)

Folks, we can trust God even in the most difficult circumstances, because no problem is too tough for Him to handle. There is no challenge beyond His power to overcome. He is the Sovereign God and He is able to do whatever He commits to do.

Lastly, in this Psalm, David focuses on the fact that God is holy. He begins the Psalm with “O LORD, You have searched me and know me.” (vs. 1) Now, in the last two verses, he prays, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Vs. 23-24)

David is facing opposition, and he is committed to the LORD, his Shepherd. He wants it to be a well-known fact where his loyalty lies. He longs for a heart that is pure. In Psalm 51:10, David prays, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with me.”

David’s prayer should be our prayer daily. It is only as we come before Him with a clean heart and steadfast spirit that we will be able to grow in our intimacy with Him and accomplish what He desires us to do.

With much love,

Pastor Leonard