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Our Intimately Acquainted God, Pt. 3 (Psalm 139:13-18)

Part of the Elders' Elective Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

David Torres
David Torres
July 21, 2013

Sermon preached on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Psalm 139:13-18.

Take your Bible if you will and open it to the book of Psalms, Psalms chapter one hundred thirty-nine (139).

Please stand in the reading of God's Word.

Read Psalm 139:13-18.

If you recall, this magnificent psalm, contains four chief thoughts. My prayer and hope has been that they serve to comfort your soul.

In preparation for this morning, my prayer has been for you my beloved...that you would be drawn to the all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, all-holy God, to whom we render our worship.


Note, we have already covered the first two chief thoughts.

God knows you intimately (vv. 1-6)

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

He knows you better than anyone. The One who knows you is the One who loves you and is intimately acquainted with all your ways.

God is with you closely (vv. 7-12)
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

The answer is nowhere. Why would you want to flee/go? Even if you could go to the farthest height, depth, or point, He would be there.

There is nowhere God is not present.

Just these two chief thoughts are enough to encourage the soul. For He knows you and is with you. You are not alone. He understands.

We can feel ever so lonely at times in our lives and may feel as though no one knows what you are going through, and yet here we have the comforting truth that God does - He both knows you and everything you experience, every motive, every thought, when no one else knows. He is with you though friends betray you. He is with you as though you were the only one on the face of this earth!

May these truths uplight your souls my beloved, may they lift you to the very throne room of God and cause you to adore and worship Him. For He is worthy of your worship.

Today we want to conclude our study of this magnificent psalm.

Please note the third chief thought in this psalm and that is...

God made you uniquely (vv. 13-18) -

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.

Perhaps one of the most well-known verses in all of Scripture.


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) -

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.

Perhaps one of the most well-known verses in all of Scripture.

About David Torres: David Torres is a graduate of The Master’s College (BA ’01) and The Master’s Seminary (MDiv ’06) and is currently pursuing his Th.M. degree in Theology (graduating Lord-willing May 2019). He served as a pastor-teacher in Garden Valley, CA for 8 years. He works at Grace to You as the GAV Radio Producer serving the Spanish speaking world through the teaching ministry of John MacArthur. David is committed to expository preaching and shepherding God’s flock. He serves as a deacon at Grace Community Church and is a part of the Joint Heirs Fellowship Group. He was married to Angie in 2000, and they have been blessed by God with seven children: Isaiah, Emilia, Micah, Eva, Isabella, Elizabeth, and Jeremiah.

Psalm 139:13-18

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (KJV)

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