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September 13, 2020 8:00 am

Safe in God's Hands

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September 13, 2020 8:00 am

Psalm 139 is a psalm of Gods omniscienceyet to David it was more than that. Psalm 139 is worship psalm that reflects Gods knowledge of him from the beginning of timea psalm to the God who would walk with David through all his days. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he explores the second half of this wonderful psalm of Gods infinite knowledge and love

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Our omniscient God knows everything because he's made everything he's not a God who finished his creation, then sat back to see what would happen and he's not a God who is detached from the people he created all welcome to the Bible study are the radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boris preparing you to think and act biblically our omniscient God is a loving God, the God who knows us intimately because he created us. He's a personal God who need us in our mother's womb and then calls us to a life of fellowship joined Dr. Boyce as he explores the fruit of a vibrant relationship with the God who knows everything and loves us deeply in spite of our shortcomings. When I introduced Psalm 139 last week virtually began to study that one of the things I said is that it's made all all for perfectly balanced stanzas first of the four stanzas has to do with God's omniscience. Not sure I do find some of these theological terms adequately. A week ago but omniscience means that God knows all things on they has to do with all or everything and latter part of it like our words science. It has to do with knowledge. Omniscience means that God knows all things, and that's what the first verses are about verses one through six and the second major portion of the Psalm has to do with God's omnipresence. That's another compound word on the meaning all in presence meaning presence is everywhere, all places in the third portion of the Psalm has to do with omnipotence, pollutants, means power, so it means that God is all-powerful and then I pointed out that the last section of this fourth of these four major sections of the Psalm indicates the response that the psalmist of this case.

David has all of the above going to do how's he going to think now that the notes of God is truly all-knowing, all presence and all powerful. Now I also said last week that there is a sense in which the Psalm is really only about the omniscience of God because the other things that are brought in or brought in, chiefly because they support that first observation. Why is it that God knows all things. Well, one answer to that is because God is everywhere to see and know it. So when David begins to talk about the omnipresence of God and the second of the sections sits in order to explain the great quality of God's knowledge that he is introduced at the beginning but now I need to say that he also brings in the third of these doctrines were the same reason talking about God's power is omnipotence recently brings that it is because she's saying God knows everything. In my case, particularly because God is made everything made me so he has the knowledge of what is made in the same way that a person that manufactures an object understands it better than anybody else unless the theological subject matter to remember however that this is also a worship song and we been talking about that and what that means is that we are not going to find in this Psalm are less abstract reflections on God's omniscience and omnipresence in the section that were dealing with today is omnipotence.

There is a place for latter.

We do find other places in the Scripture, but what were going to find is that from David's perspective in the Psalm at least all of this is personal to you is thinking here where he talks about the power of God are just of that abstract power that obviously enabled God to create the universe, but particularly the power of God that created him, informing him as he says when he was still in the womb of his mother. I wonder God knows me says God made me this way. He knows me and moreover the newly from the very beginning.

The very first moments of my existence as I again to form. These are beautiful works are worth reading is ready sense you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and we major works are wonderful. I know that well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be that we want to look at them personally to see what it has to do with us but I don't think we can go on to do that without recognizing that this does have great bearing upon what is perhaps the greatest single moral issue of our day. That is the issue of abortion. It's an important issue because it has to do with life and death, and not only that, the life and death of the most helpless individuals in any society that is the unborn. David isn't thinking about abortion. Of course, wiling to be further from his mind. But you can't read these verses thoughtfully today without realizing that they do have direct very important bearing upon the subject out. We just take a little bit of time to think about it. What is the major issue.

The chief issue in the abortion question today is not how we use our tax money issue in the abortion battle today is simply this is the embryo a human being people who want to argue for the woman's right to have abortion are working against that of course I want to be able to say it's my body.

I can do with it whatever I like and and so they want to argue that the fetus is developing child is not really a person something else and they change language in order to handle that and make it more acceptable in past ages. Every woman understood that she was carrying the baby. People talk about babies is rather hard to think about killing babies. So we change the language and we talk about embryos and fetuses and sometimes even tissue is not hard to remove tissue that's even easier than having the gallbladder out removing an appendix. So we change the language to make that kind of acceptable now that Bible does not use that language the way the Bible talks about the unborn child, what is more medical knowledge is its develop this abuses us with like kind of fast I'll language yes the question when does the embryo become a human being well people of speculated on that for a long time. The difficulty you see is that there is no point where it is easy to say before this, the evolving child is not a person.

After this, it is there is an uninterrupted development of the child from the very first moment in which the sperm of the father unites with the ovum of the mother and the cell begins to divide the father seed Multiplied by itself, the egg of that mother cannot multiply by itself. It assumes the two come together as soon as you have that merging of those two sets of chromosomes.

You have a unique individual, and that life begins to develop unless it is terminated either naturally or by our intention now.

That's what David is pointing to isn't he's not talking in our language and he's certainly not using medical terminology simply describing it as best he knows how in terms of the knowledge of the day, but what he is speaking up is his unique individuality from the very first moments of his existence in the womb from that very first moment. God knew him and had ordained what his life was to be all the days ordained for me were written in your book before even one of them came to be. I think that has direct bearing on the issue.

If that is how God regards the unborn child.

How dare we call it only tissue and destroy the unborn as we are doing in this country at the rate of at least 1,000,000 1/2 abortions every year. Well David goes on from this point in the next two verses. He reflects on the abundance of God's thoughts toward him and he ends with the words when I awake I still with you. I think he simply observing that waking or sleeping. He's always with God because God is everywhere.

However, we interpreted verses are making the same point that Paul makes in those great versus the close the eighth chapter of Romans. I'm sure you remember the many of us have the memorized. Paul wrote, I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the president of the future, nor any powers, neither height or depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord is what David is saying he saying that's my God. Now the last stanza begins to move on to how he is going to relate to God's knowledge, and he talks about it in two ways we can all relate in either of two ways. Either we can rebel against God's knowledge saying I want to God like that else we can ask God to search us out because he noses anyway and directors of his own way. Now David reflects those in this last portion by repudiating the one of affirming the other. First of all, he says clearly that he wants nothing to do with evil persons as those who don't want anything to do with God.

He's on the side of God is turning his back on those who are intent on doing evil, and then he said secondly what he wants to do is continue walking in God's way. These last two verses are so beautiful that many people have memorized and I commend them to you. Here's the prayer search me oh God, and know my heart test me know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in and lead me in the way everlasting. See the problem. The David perceives says that although he wants to keep clear of evil people and their ways. He's nevertheless sure that he is evil in himself and he's going overcome. That has to be, by the grace of God is intention not to hang around evil people is not because he thinks he's better than they are. But because he recognizes that left to himself is just like them can afford to do it so he prays to God and says I need you to lead me in the way everlasting. You might notice that he actually prays for four things. Here they would be worth the study all by themselves prays that God might know him and expose his thoughts.

God would try him or perfect. His thoughts, that God would purge away whatever evil remains in him and then finally the fourth thing that God will lead him in the way everlasting. Was it interesting that Islam, the begins with perhaps the best declaration of all the Bible of the perfect pervasive knowledge of God that God knows all things. Should I add at its ends prayer that God would nevertheless search out and no supplements to isn't that unnecessary. Isn't that redundant. How can it be what is the point of asking God to know what he already knows, or to do what is already done while the point of course is what I was pointing out from the beginning, namely that this is a practical song what David wants is this doctrine of the omniscience of God to be practical in his own life.

Of course he knows that God knows them and knows them well. But what he saying is that he wants to ferment personally is asking God to use his perfect knowledge of David to lead David in a righteous, holy way so he prays search me oh God and know my heart. That's a serious thing to pray pray that prayer search me oh God know my heart, and we plan with the same object that David has as he prays, namely, that God would correct us and lead us in the right way that serious gable line wrote about that verse. Happy is the Christian who praised us every day, whoever puts himself into the presence of the all seeing God stands in his light and is willing to have anything and everything which is not right brought to light and judge.

That's what we should be. This is the true walk in the light even the thoughts must be so dealt with in the New Testament it's expressed in this way bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We do that, then there is the willingness to put away anything which is grievous to God in his spirit and to be led in the way everlasting. Now in the course of this we have been looking at omniscience on presence omnipotence.

We've seen that the major theme is on missions that God knows everything.

We've also seen that the psalmist practical so I want to treated as I close the study and that practical way saying what application of this doctrine should you and I actually personally ourselves be making me suggest how it should impact every Christian.

First of all, it should humble us, I think here of the great biblical example example is Joe know the study of Job what happened. Joe had been greatly blessed by God.

But then God allowed Satan to attack him and take away all he had. So in a very short time.

Passage of the day Job lost all his possessions, as well as all his children, and then after that he lost his health.

He lost the respect of his friends even his wife came and said why don't you just curse God and die. Job didn't do it. He triumphed over Rex. He said what's surely some of the most poignant language of all of Scripture, naked came I out of my mother's womb.

They could will I return. The Lord gives Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord, but Job still didn't understand what was happening and so his friends came to call them Job's counselors have far more compassion than many people that we would use that name for the day might have a sack with them for a whole week identifying with them. In his grief only at the end of that time they begin. The reason I'm sure thinking they were trying to help them work through this. Why it wasn't such a great set of tragedy should come into his life.

He said look, this is a moral universe and we believe in a moral God.

Things don't just happen. They all have meaning and because it's a moral universe and God is in charge on missions on the present dependence must be some connection between what you're suffering and what you did. Somehow I brought it on yourself. You have to think about it. How is it that you have sinned against God, Job was well aware that he's not a perfect man, he certainly a sinner but he said I haven't done anything can match the magnitude of the tragedy. So the debate goes on chapter after chapter after chapter. Job is defending himself, but he doesn't understand what's happening. Then finally, in chapter 38, God speaks and we think now at last were going to get the explanation but the fascinating thing is that God does not explain himself to Job instead and what seems to us almost harsh language.

God calls Job to accounting system yourself together and stand there for a minute why ask you a few questions. God begins in interrogation.

It all has to do with his omniscience is where were you when I made the world fall out there.

I made it.

I know where you went.

How could you explain any of this to me. How can you do any of this and it goes on chapter after chapter after chapter hundred and 29 versus less live versus it introduces the couple to commit along the way to sort of keep the narration going and at the end of it.

As far as the meaning of his suffering is concerned. Job is as ignorant as he was at the beginning and he responds this way.

He says surely I spoke things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Therefore I despise myself and I repented just in ashes see if we ever really begin to understand the omniscience of God, the perfect and pervasive knowledge of the Almighty.

We will be humbled by her humbled by it.

We will never find ourselves in the position of shaking our fist in God's face and say why did you ever let this happen in accusation you say we can ask for understanding God I don't understand this could explain why this is going on the book of Job for our benefit does exactly that.

It explains it is a cosmic struggle. We must never be angry with God and said we have to be humbled before study of omniscience will do that. Secondly, perfect knowledge of God should comfort us not only that we become humble way also finds that God knows all about us and loves us anyway.

Never thought of the omniscience of God. That way you know your heart he knows every wicked thought that you have high and he knows every sinful desire.

He knows every nefarious plan that he loves you.

Anyway, he is sent Jesus Christ to be your savior should find enormous comfort in that.

God knows the worst about you and loves you anyway. Not only that he knows the best about you, even when other people don't. Some regimen trying to do the right thing and just can't quite pull off work what you think is right, but people misunderstand it and they attribute all kinds of ulterior evil motives. God knows you what you're really doing and he sees what good is in you because he's put their disease should be greatly comforted and encouraged by that Job was because he says at one place in this book he that is, God knows the way that I take and when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold is 1/3 benefit. It should encourage us to live for God because this is what's going on in Psalm 149 is not David has been reflecting on the omniscience of God and although an unbeliever might be terrified by Latin should be the fact that God knows the heart and will judge the evil that the final day.

David isn't terrified because he knows God is his Redeemer. He is instead encouraged to live for God and so what he does say something like this.

God, if you will love me in spite of my sin and made me for yourself that help me to live because that's what I really want to do knows that is the does that, as he prays to God.

It's the very knowledge of God that will help them do it because God knows what he needs. We don't know much about anything we know very little. Even about ourselves with God knows us knows our weaknesses and their strengths. He knows our sins, but he also knows our aspirations toward a godly life.

He knows when isolation will help us grow strong, but he also knows when we need companionship and encouragement knows when we need rebuking and correcting, but also when we need teaching and encouragement. If anyone can lead me in the way everlasting is God. Moreover, since I know he knows me wants to help me.

I can get on boldly with this task of upright living in and here's one final point. Knowledge of the knowledge of God should help us to pray Jesus… It very clearly dented.

In the sermon on the mount is what he said.

He said when you pray, don't keep on babbling like pagans because they think they'll be heard because of their many words. Don't be like them because your father knows what you need before you ask him. And then this is followed by the Lord's prayer model prayer tells us how we ought to pray doing it in just 52 words. Moreover, God's knowledge of what we need is so perfect were told in the Bible. He answers us even before we ask him before they call I will answer while they are still speaking, I will hear wrote the prophet Isaiah is not encouraging. Who can possibly be terrified by a God who knows everything you're listening to the Bible study hours teaching.

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