Sermon preached on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Psalm 139:7-12.
Take your Bible if you will and open it to the book of Psalms, Psalms chapter one hundred thirty-nine (139).
While there are other worthwhile areas of learning, this morning I want to draw our hearts and minds to the highest science, the most mind-expanding area of all and that is the study of God Himself.
Spurgeon once wrote:
"There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that ll our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can comprehend and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go on our way with the thought, "Behold I am wise." But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the... solemn exclamation, 'I am but a of yesterday and know nothing." ... But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it... Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout ,earnest, continuing investigation of the great subject of the Deity."1
To this end we press on to the highest science, to know God more fully, more deeply. God has promised that those who seek Him, will find Him. To those who knock, the door shall be opened.
And so let us seek Him this morning and know our Great God.
Please stand in the reading of God's Word.
Read Psalm 139:1-12.
In looking at this magnificent psalm, there are four chief thoughts that I want you to see that will serve to comfort your soul and most importantly magnify our loving Lord, God and Father.
These four chief thoughts will indeed humble the mind, while expanding it. These four chief thoughts will quiet the heart, while enlarging its affections and most importantly may they draw you to the all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, all-holy God, whom we love, worship, and serve.
Today we will begin to look at this second chief thought but allow me to review the first one...
God knows you intimately (vv. 1-6) -
He knows your character/who you are - He has "searched you" (v. 1).
He knows what you do - "when you sit down and when you rise up" (v. 2a).
He knows what you think - He understands your "thought from afar" (v. 2b).
He knows where you go - scrutinizing/winnowing your "path and your lying down, intimately acquainted with all your ways" (v. 3).
He knows all your words - "even before there is a word on your tongue" (v. 4).
He knows what you need - having enclosed you "behind and before and laid His hand upon you" (v. 5).
In short God knows it all! And such knowledge spurs one's soul to adoration, praise, and worship.
But that is only the first chief thought. There is another chief thought that will encourage your soul and that is...
God is with you closely (vv. 7-12) -
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, 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 cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. (ESV)
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