SBC Philippi 5/22/05 am
Rev. Jeff Simms

Knowing Godís Will: Through Scripture
Psalm 119:97-105

Primary Purpose: How to know and understand Godís will through Scripture

One of the things that believers often struggle with is how do I know Godís will. Usually, they are talking about a particular decision that needs to be made. Implied, of course, in that question is the truth: God has a will for my will even in the details. Some people will pray for an opened door or seek the advise of friends. Some people go to God with a idea of what they want and all they want to do is for God to verify it.
This reminds me of a story about a old sailor that got lost at sea, so his friends gave him a compass and urged him to use it. The next time he went out in the boat, he followed their advice and took the compass with him. But as usual he became hopelessly confused and was unable to find land. Finally he was rescued by his friends.
Disgusted and impatient they asked him, ďWhy didnít you use that compass we gave you? You could have saved us a lot of trouble!Ē The sailor responded, ďI didnít dare to! I wanted to go north, but as hard as I tried to make the needle aim in that direction, it just kept on pointing southeast.Ē
That old sailor was so certain he knew which way was north that he stubbornly tried to force his own personal persuasion on his compass. Unable to do so, he tossed it aside as worthless and failed to benefit from the guidance it offered.Ē (from, anonymous source) We need to be careful to not be like this old sailor who was looking for the compass to agree with his own decision.
First, youíll notice one of the benefits of the word is that it brings wisdom. The Psalmist uses different words to describe this in verses 98.99.100. He uses words like ďwiser than my enemiesĒ, ďinsightĒ and ďunderstandingĒ. Godís word brought him the wisdom and spiritual guidance he needed when he meditated on Godís Word.
Meditating in some circles means clearing your mind of all things. For some people this seems very natural to them. But, meditating here means to ponder, think about, reflect upon. Not only for the purpose of understanding, but living out. Meditating on scripture helps us see ďHow does this apply to me?Ē By doing that, Iím really asking myself, ďHow do I apply Godís will in this to my life?Ē
The same word meditate is found in Psalm 1:2 where it says the blessed man is one who meditates day and night on Godís law. The phrase ďday and nightĒ expresses the constant nature of it. He delights in Godís word and it leads him to prosperity. We should pray that we would also love and delight in Godís Word v.97,103. The psalmist went so far as to say that he found it sweeter than honey v.103.
Scripture guides us to understand the nature of God and His ways and is one of many ways the Lord guides the believer. By following the principles in scripture and doing the things we know please