Apr 20 26 Our Maker Knows Us Very Well


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Apr 20-26.

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Apr 20 26 Our Maker Knows Us Very Well

  1. 1. Our Maker Knows Us Very Well <ul><li>Perhaps no other portion of Scripture describes with such precision and beauty God’s intimate knowledge of an individual as does Psalm 139 . </li></ul>
  2. 2. Our Maker Knows Us Very Well <ul><li>The psalm reminds us that although god rules over nations and peoples, he also deals with us as persons whom He has known from the womb. </li></ul>
  3. 3. From The Heights To The Depths <ul><li>The poetry of Psalm 139 celebrates the fact that God is present wherever David goes, or even imagines going. First he looks up at the sky, then down toward the ground. </li></ul>
  4. 4. From The Heights To The Depths <ul><li>Then he looks east toward &quot;the wings of the morning,&quot; and west toward the Mediterranean Sea. Wherever David thinks of going, he has the certainty that God will be with him in that place. </li></ul>
  5. 5. From The Heights To The Depths <ul><li>Are you comforted, as David was, by the presence of God? As you look around you, do you consciously think about the Lord being there, right where you are? Why not thank Him for His ever-watchful care and concern? </li></ul>
  6. 6. From The Heights To The Depths <ul><li>Adoration of the Omniscient and Omnipresent One. </li></ul><ul><li>(Omniscient, Having universal knowledge or knowledge of all things; infinitely knowing; all-seeing; as the omniscient God.) </li></ul><ul><li>(Omnipresent, Present in all places at the same time.) (Websters) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Psalm 139 <ul><li>Psalms 139:1 NET O LORD, you examine me and know. 2 You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Psalm 139 <ul><li>3 You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Psalm 139 <ul><li>4 Certainly my tongue does not frame a word </li></ul><ul><li>without you, O LORD, being thoroughly aware of it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Psalm 139 <ul><li>5 You squeeze me in from behind and in front; you place your hand on me. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Psalm 139 <ul><li>6 Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; </li></ul><ul><li>it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Psalm 139 <ul><li>7 Where can I go to escape your spirit? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I flee to escape your presence? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Psalm 139 <ul><li>8 If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Psalm 139 <ul><li>9 If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, </li></ul><ul><li>and settle down on the other side of the sea, </li></ul>
  15. 15. Psalm 139 <ul><li>10 even there your hand would guide me, </li></ul><ul><li>your right hand would grab hold of me. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Psalm 139 <ul><li>11 If I were to say, &quot;Certainly the darkness will cover me, </li></ul><ul><li>and the light will turn to night all around me,&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. Psalm 139 <ul><li>12 even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Psalm 139 <ul><li>13 Certainly you made my mind and heart; </li></ul><ul><li>you wove me together in my mother's womb. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>Psalm 139 speaks of god’s intimate knowledge of each individual. He has that knowledge because He has created each person from the womb. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>The Hebrew word translated “formed” (or “created” in some translations) is not bara , which conveys the idea of creation from nothing (compare Gen 1:1 ), but qanah , which has to do with ownership. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>God knows us intimately because He owns us. He is like the inventor who carefully designs and builds a device and then becomes the owner of its patent. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>Paired with qana is a word translated “covered” (or “knit together”). This language communicates the idea of a person’s body and soul being intricately molded and crocheted together in the mother’s womb. It is a process that involves time, skill, and craftsmanship. </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>People are not thrown together haphazardly; even less do they come together through random processes. Rather, god intentionally and masterfully creates human life in the womb. He works everything together into a whole, according to His will. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Creator’s Craftsmanship <ul><li>The same God whose mind and power fashioned the stars, the seas, the animals, and all other human beings has carefully, intentionally, and individually crafted you. That means you are unique. No one else has been given exactly the same makeup as God has given you. (Word In Life SB) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Psalm 139 <ul><li>14 I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. </li></ul><ul><li>You knew me thoroughly; </li></ul>
  26. 26. Psalm 139 <ul><li>15 my bones were not hidden from you, </li></ul><ul><li>when I was made in secret and sewed together in the depths of the earth. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Psalm 139 <ul><li>16 Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Psalm 139 <ul><li>17 How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total! </li></ul>
  29. 29. Psalm 139 <ul><li>18 If I tried to count them, </li></ul><ul><li>they would outnumber the grains of sand. Even if I finished counting them, I would still have to contend with you. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Psalm 139 <ul><li>19 If only you would kill the wicked, O God! </li></ul><ul><li>Get away from me, you violent men! </li></ul>
  31. 31. Psalm 139 <ul><li>20 They rebel against you and act deceitfully; </li></ul><ul><li>your enemies lie. 21 O LORD, do I not hate those who hate you, and despise those who oppose you? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Psalm 139 <ul><li>22 I absolutely hate them, </li></ul><ul><li>they have become my enemies! 23 Examine me, and probe my thoughts! Test me, and know my concerns! </li></ul>
  33. 33. Psalm 139 <ul><li>24 See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path! </li></ul>
  34. 34. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>The psalm consists of three parts: </li></ul><ul><li>I. A celebration of the Omniscience and Omnipresence of God, as a ground of confidence and hope. </li></ul><ul><li>(a) The fact that he knows all that there is in the heart. </li></ul><ul><li>(b) The fact that he is everywhere present. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>(c) The fact that all in our past life has been known to God; that he has created us, and that his eye has been upon us from the beginning of our existence. </li></ul><ul><li>(d) The fact that his thoughts toward us are precious, and numberless as the sand. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>II. The feelings of the psalmist in relation to the acts of the wicked as a proof that he loved God. These reflections seem to have sprung from his contemplation of the divine character and perfections, as leading him to hate all that was opposed to a Being so pure, so benevolent, so holy. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>On looking into his own heart, in view of what God was, he was conscious that he had no sympathy with the enemies of God as such; that such was his love for the character of God, and such his confidence in him, that he could have nothing in common with them in their feelings toward God, but wished to be dissociated from them forever. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>III. The expression of a desire that, as God saw all the recesses of the human soul, he would search his heart, and would detect any evil he might see there, and deliver him from the evil, and lead him in the way which conducted to life eternal. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>Anyone may feel, and must feel, that after all which he knows of himself - after all the effort which he makes to ascertain what is within his heart - there are depths there which his eye cannot penetrate, and that there may be sins of thought and feeling there which he has not detected; </li></ul>
  40. 40. Psalm 139 Consists Of Three Parts <ul><li>but it is only from the consciousness of sincerity, and a true desire to honor God, that one can pray that God would search him, and that he would detect and bring out every form of sin which he may see concealed and lurking in the soul. He who can sincerely offer this prayer is a pious man. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  41. 41. Integrity in Daily Living <ul><li>Many people would like to enjoy a close, personal relationship with God. But such intimacy begins with a lifestyle of integrity. David lists several criteria for assessing one's character. </li></ul><ul><li>(Word In Life TM Study bible) </li></ul>
  42. 42. Psalm 15 <ul><li>Psalms 15:1 NET </li></ul><ul><li>LORD, who may be a guest in your home? </li></ul><ul><li>Who may live on your holy hill? </li></ul>
  43. 43. Psalm 15 <ul><li>2 Whoever lives a blameless life, </li></ul><ul><li>does what is right, </li></ul><ul><li>and speaks honestly. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Psalm 15 <ul><li>3 He does not slander, </li></ul><ul><li>or do harm to others, </li></ul><ul><li>or insult his neighbor. 4 He despises a reprobate, </li></ul><ul><li>but honors the LORD's loyal followers. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Psalm 15 <ul><li>He makes firm commitments and does not renege on his promise. 5 He does not charge interest when he lends his money. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Psalm 15 <ul><li>He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. </li></ul><ul><li>The one who lives like this will never be upended. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Who Is Good Enough For God? <ul><li>Psalm 15 presents a summary of what God expects of His people. The question under discussion is; Who is good enough to meet with God? </li></ul>
  48. 48. Who Is Good Enough For God? <ul><li>The answer is interesting in that rather than giving a list of do's and don'ts, this psalm describes godliness in terms of character. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Who Is Good Enough For God? <ul><li>The qualities extend to personal issues of integrity and honesty, our relationships with others, and the way we handle our money. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Who Is Good Enough For God? <ul><li>This passage shows that we should approach worship not only in terms of our inward, personal needs, but also in light of our outward, public responsibilities. It also shows that religion is a matter of character as well as conduct. (Word In Life TM Study bible) </li></ul>
  51. 51. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>Psalm 15 lists ten marks of integrity. How does your life compare? </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Walks uprightly. </li></ul><ul><li>What is your basic ethical commitment? Are you out to honor the Lord or to serve yourself? </li></ul>
  52. 52. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(2) Works righteousness. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the end result of your work? Are you promoting good in the world—or evil? </li></ul>
  53. 53. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(3) Speaks the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you in the habit of telling &quot;little white lies&quot; when it is necessary or convenient? </li></ul>
  54. 54. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(4) Does not backbite. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you tear down others behind their back? </li></ul>
  55. 55. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(5) Does no evil to a neighbor </li></ul><ul><li>Do you believe in &quot;doing unto others before they do unto you&quot;? </li></ul>
  56. 56. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(6) Does not take up a reproach against a friend. </li></ul><ul><li>How loyal are you? When everyone is down on a colleague, do you jump on the bandwagon, or do you offer support and seek fair play? </li></ul>
  57. 57. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(7) Honors those who fear the Lord, not the ungodly. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the character of your best friends? What is their attitude toward God and the things of the Lord? </li></ul>
  58. 58. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(8) Keeps his word, even when it is costly </li></ul><ul><li>Are you trustworthy and reliable? Is your word your bond, or is there always a question as to whether you will follow through? </li></ul>
  59. 59. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(9) Does not practice usury </li></ul><ul><li>Do you make it harder or easier for poor people to gain the resources necessary to support themselves? </li></ul>
  60. 60. An Integrity Inventory <ul><li>(10) Does not take bribes. </li></ul><ul><li>What would it take to get you to compromise your integrity? </li></ul><ul><li>(Word In Life TM Study bible) </li></ul>
  61. 61. God Above All Gods <ul><li>1 Chronicles 16:23 NET Sing to the LORD, all the earth! </li></ul><ul><li>Announce every day how he delivers! 24 Tell the nations about his splendor, </li></ul><ul><li>tell all the nations about his miraculous deeds! </li></ul>
  62. 62. God Above All Gods <ul><li>25 For the LORD is great and certainly worthy of praise, he is more awesome than all gods. </li></ul>
  63. 63. God Above All Gods <ul><li>26 For all the gods of the nations are worthless, </li></ul><ul><li>but the LORD made the heavens. </li></ul>
  64. 64. God Above All Gods <ul><li>27 Majestic splendor emanates from him, </li></ul><ul><li>he is the source of strength and joy. </li></ul>
  65. 65. God Above All Gods <ul><li>28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the nations, </li></ul><ul><li>ascribe to the LORD splendor and strength! </li></ul>
  66. 66. God Above All Gods <ul><li>29 Ascribe to the LORD the splendor he deserves! </li></ul><ul><li>Bring an offering and enter his presence! </li></ul>
  67. 67. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Worship the LORD in holy attire! 30 Tremble before him, all the earth! </li></ul><ul><li>The world is established, it cannot be moved. </li></ul>
  68. 68. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Some people today object to Christianity's claim that its God is the one true God. But the Bible states emphatically that the Lord is above all other gods, which are idols. </li></ul>
  69. 69. God Above All Gods <ul><li>He alone deserves worship, for He is the Creator and Sustainer of life. Most of the cultures in the ancient world worshiped many gods, almost all of which were associated with nature. </li></ul>
  70. 70. God Above All Gods <ul><li>For example, the gods of the Canaanites were part of what was essentially a fertility cult designed to increase their harvests and the birth rate of their women. The Hebrews were virtually unique in their belief in one supreme God. </li></ul>
  71. 71. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Today, things are not much different. Around the world, people worship and serve a variety of gods, as well as a variety of often conflicting ideas about God. </li></ul>
  72. 72. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Meanwhile, the belief that there is one supreme God seems to be less and less popular, especially in an age that holds tolerance and pluralism to be among the highest of values. </li></ul>
  73. 73. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Yet God has not changed. He still invites—indeed, commands—all the families of the world to give Him the glory due His name. </li></ul>
  74. 74. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Doing so need not be a statement of intolerance, simply a response to what is true. </li></ul>
  75. 75. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Does it really matter what you believe? Aren't all religions basically the same? </li></ul><ul><li>(Word In Life TM Study bible) </li></ul>
  76. 76. God Above All Gods <ul><li>Acts 4:11 NET This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you , the builders, that has become the cornerstone . ( Psalms 118:22 ) </li></ul>
  77. 77. God Above All Gods <ul><li>12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.&quot; </li></ul>
  78. 78. Assessing Our Character <ul><li>There is STILL ONE GOD, consisting of The Father, Son, & Spirit! The Psalmist wrote songs about The One God. </li></ul>
  79. 79. Assessing Our Character <ul><li>We have read from these songs today. God our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves as we read in Psalms 139 . </li></ul>
  80. 80. Assessing Our Character <ul><li>With that in mind we read God’s expectations in Psalms 15 . He already knows if we meet them or if we don’t. </li></ul>
  81. 81. Assessing Our Character <ul><li>He created us to have freedom in our decisions. He knows what area of our character we have decided needs our attention. </li></ul>
  82. 82. Assessing Our Character <ul><li>You know He knows. Are we willing to put in the work necessary to correct areas where our character is found lacking? </li></ul>