Summary: This is an outline depicting the heart of David and his love for God. David was a man that desired to be close to God and all of his energy was directed to that end..
KNOW MY HEART, OH GOD!!!
Text: Psalm 139:17-24 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I. THE THOUGHTS OF GOD AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF DAVID.
A. David’s thoughts are thoughts of worship.
Illustration: William Temple once said:
Worship is the nourishment of the mind upon God's truth. Worship is the quickening of the conscience by God's holiness. Worship is the cleansing of the imagination by God's beauty. Worship is the response of my life to God's plan for my life.
1. The thoughts of GOD are precious to David. VS. 17
2. David is in awe of Almighty GOD! VS. 17
3. David understands the glory of GOD, but also the penalty for wickedness.
B. David’s thoughts of GOD are continual.
1. David lay’s down to sleep with the LORD.
2. His first thoughts in the morning are of GOD.
3. The sum total of David’s thoughts are of GOD.
C. David’s thoughts are of oneness with GOD!
1. The desire of David’s heart is that GOD’s will aligns with what he does.
2. David wants to know GOD better that he might follow Him closer.
3. GOD’s enemies are those that would lead him away from GOD.
a. They are those that blaspheme the name of GOD.
b. Those that speak against GOD are most in need of HIM.
II. DAVID UNDERSTANDS, SEEKS AND CRY’S OUT FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS.
A. Search me oh God! VS. 23
1. GOD knew David’s heart, and HE knows yours and mine.
Jer. 17:9 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
a. We like David need to ask GOD to search us.
b. Of course there is more to it than GOD just searching our hearts.
2. God knows the darkness and sin in every heart.
3. GOD sees our thoughts.
a. In the Garden of Eden, GOD looked into the heart of man.
Gen. 6:5 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
b. And GOD is looking into our hearts today.
Luke 5:22 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?
B. A clean heart equals a thankful, prayerful and grateful heart.
1. When you live in sin you will never be close to GOD.
a. Paul said through the inspiration of Almighty God in 1 Cor. 6:9-11that the un-forgiven would not inherit the Kingdom of God.
1 Cor. 6:9-11 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
2. Some of you listening to me today think that you will get away with your sin.
a. You won’t. Your sin is open to the eyes of God and the punishment is eternal torment in the lake of fire.
Illustration: The merchant's measure may be wrong, but God's measure is just and right. The merchant measures a gallon of oil or a pound of tea, and does not give full measure. God says to the recording angel—
"So many drops too few; so many grains short. Write it down."
We may cheat man, but we cannot cheat God.
Rev. 20:15 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
3. Some of you play with sin like its no big thing its, your choice and you will make it.
a. God will not forever put up with mine or your sins.
b. The day will come and it could be today that God will say “times up.