Summary: A sermon on Psalm 139:13-24 on God's omnipotence (Material adapted from Dr. Jack Cottrell's book, God Most High, pg. 102- 106; Also from Sermon Central's Matthew Kratz at: http://www.sermoncentral.com/print_friendly.asp?ContributorID=&SermonID=124757)
I have a very good friend who recently shared with me that on one occasion she, out of sincere concern over sin and desire to be what God wanted her to be, she prayed, "God, show me the sin in my life. Show me what I really am." She said that in a couple of weeks she began to pray, "Lord, I’ve seen enough! Please, Lord, don’t show me any more. I can’t stand myself!"As difficult as it may be - this is exactly what we need to do today.
We have been working our way through Psalm 139. We have talked about God’s omniscience from vs. 1-6. We have talked about God’s omnipresence from vs. 7-12. Now we are going to talk about God’s omnipotence from vs. 13-18. Omni means “all.” Potence means power. All power.
There is nothing too hard or difficult from God. However, this does not mean that all things are possible, like logical contradictions (making a stone so big and heavy that God cannot lift it, or making a square circle, conflicts with the law of non contradiction)
Also there are some things that God cannot do because it is not possible for Him to do because of His nature. God cannot lie. God cannot be tempted by evil. God cannot take on a job He can’t handle. God cannot be prejudiced. God cannot break a promise. God cannot be physically hungry or get sick.
“Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” Psalms 115:3, NIV. From the sign “God lacks nothing and is limited by nothing.” Talk more about this tonight as well.
No person or thing can hinder the actions of God. “Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No-one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”” Isaiah 43:13, NIV.
We need to note that there are limitations which God has placed upon Himself as the result of His decision to create this particular world. Since these are self limitations, they are not violations of His omnipotence since in imposing them God has done exactly what He wanted to do without His power and purposes being hindered. But now that these limitations have been imposed, God cannot do certain things without violating the commitments He made in the very act of creation. One example is that God cannot determine man’s free will choices. For God to foreordain every choice of men or women, goes against how God made the world. After all it was God’s free will choice to give man such freedom in the first place.
The greatest evidence of God’s omnipotence is creation. ““Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17, NIV. Sing the song.
The creation is so vast that we cannot comprehend it. Our galaxy of hundreds of billions of stars is at least 100,000 light years in width, and there are hundreds of billion of galaxies in the observable universe. God spoke this whole universe into existence with a word! Psalm 139:14- Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.