Summary: We are acounable before God
GOD KNOWS ALL, IS EVERYWHERE, CAN DO ANYTHING
When God sends forth the Spirit amazing things happen: barriers are broken, communities are formed, opposites are reconciled, unity is established, disease is cured, addiction is broken, cities are renewed, races are reconciled, hope is established, people are blessed, and church happens. Today the Spirit of God is present and we’re going to have church.
So be ready, get ready...God is up to something... discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks ’fess up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew potatoes stand up! But most of all, Christ the Savior of all the world is lifted up.
PRAYER: LOVING EACH OTHER; LOVING THE LOST
"The world will never know the love of God unless it can see God’s heart throbbing in the Church. It must see a unity deeper than a program, deeper than a project, deeper than a sermon, deeper even than a unity service. The Church must be a body that lives the prayer of Jesus that His disciples would be one. In the Church we are truly all for one, and we are all for the One who gave Himself for us. And we are one for all. The world has yet to see the full glory of God as revealed in Christ Jesus, the Lord of the Church. The world waits to see that there is a God big enough to overcome all that divides and destroys life. The world watches for the joy of divine communion with the One who gives Himself always to His creation, one by one. The world looks to see the Power that overcomes evil and its myriad forms of death. The world lies perishing for want of God’s love. I will do my part to see that Jesus’ prayer is answered. My prayer has become, ’God give me the strength to bear that which pains you. Give me the heart to feel your joy. Give me the grace to know what to do. What do you want me to do?’" (Sharon Clark Pearson).
1. God is all knowing is declared here. 2. It is confirmed: a. God is every where present; therefore he knows all. b. He made us, therefore he knows us. 3. How David shows how this is applied to our life today: A. May it fill us with admiration of God. B. It gives us a holy dread and disgust of sin and sinners. 3. We find a holy satisfaction in our own integrity of which we may appeal to God. God knows our hearts, and the hearts of all the children of men, if we did but mix faith with it and seriously consider it and apply it, would have a great influence upon our holiness and upon our comfort. We find here the omniscience and omnipresence of God. We also see a warning against atheism which ignores the presence of God, and so makes ruin of the soul.
I. GOD KNOWS ALL. Vs. 1-7
David here lays down this great doctrine, God’s omniscience, that the God with whom we have to do has a perfect knowledge of us, and that all the motions and actions both of our inward and of our outward man are naked and open before him. He appeals to the heart searching and rein trying God for his innocence; and, when settled on his throne, delivered it to the master of music, to make use of it on proper occasions.
A. HE KNOWS ALL. Divine truths look fully as well when they are prayed over as when they are preached over, and much better than when they are disputed over. When we speak of God to him himself we shall find ourselves concerned to speak with the utmost degree both of sincerity and reverence, which will be likely to make the impressions the deeper. If we would praise God aright we must draw the matter of our praise from him. No pretended god knows much about us; but the true God, understands us, and is intimately familiar with us in our nature and character. How well it would be for us to know God who knows us! God knows because he can examine us meticulously, and can pry in our secret corners of our person. His infallible knowledge has always existed and continues, since God does not forget that which he has once known. There never was a time in which we were unknown to God, and there never will be a moment in which we shall be beyond his observation. Think about that for a moment
B. HE KNOWS ME. The writer says "You have known me.” That is what we must consider to believe and which it will help us live in the right way. We know these things for our good as we know them for ourselves, David was a king, and his heart was not known to his people but they were not hidden to God. God has set us where we be, and beset us wherever we are. Behind us is God recording our sins, or in grace blotting out the remembrance of them; and before us is God foreknowing all our deeds, and providing for all our wants. We cannot turn back and so escape him, for he is behind; we cannot go forward and outmarch him, for he is before. He not only beholds us, but he besets us; and lest there should seem any chance of escape, or lest we should imagine that the surrounding presence is yet a distant one, it says he laid his hand on us. The prisoner marches along surrounded by a guard, and gripped by an officer. God is very near; we are wholly in his power; from that power there is no escape. It is not said that God will thus beset us and arrest us, but it is done. Shall we not say that our heavenly Father has folded his arms around us, and embraced us with his hand? It is so with those who by faith become the children of God.