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March 28, 2022 9:30 am
Psalms 119:150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
The knowledge verse of the quaf section is a fabulous example of the letter and its power in our relationship to God. My story how I learned that.
This is the Truth Network treasurers of the hundred and 19. How amazing is knowledge actually my opinion decoder ring worth when I understood, where this verse was going when it came to the letter Croft. It gave me a sense of really the inner meaning behind the letter itself and how much the letter Cove has to do with how close we are to God in both time and space and I'm sure you got here that another knowledge comes in extremely wonderful as we are in our pursuit always of growing closer to God becoming more like his son. So verse 150 in English again. When you hear me say the knowledge verse me say that before is a diverse I'm talking about the anointing of Christ which you'll find in Isaiah 11 they write the beginning of the verse it says he was anointed with wisdom and understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear the Lord and the delight in the true Lord so this again being the fifth verse would give us the knowledge of that anointing of the letter coffin again.
Understanding the letter because is what happened to me.
Because of this verse and because when you look at the Hebrew you'll see it's also clearly so verse 115 English reads. They draw nigh but follow after mischief.
They are far from my long and so when you do a little study on that word on the words that are in this verse the night when they said they draw nigh. That means they draw close. So it's really neat because you see the word close in Hebrew, and the word far in the same sentence.
And when you look at that, you'll see that the club the letter that the whole section is after is at the very beginning of the first letter of the word nigh or closest hand.
As you might guess, it's the last letter in the word far and so as I begin the process that I began to see that. Oh my goodness, that they literally as part of painting this picture showing you and and when you find anything that has to do with gathering people together, waiting on the Lord or things like that you'll always find this cough and it is also the beginning of the word holy okay so this cough being you know how close we are, how far we are for some. So in this case raises a draw close to mischief. Let mischief word is is really sexual immorality in a big way. I mean some really debauched things that this mischief words means in Hebrew and so it's cool that that that King David is sharing with you that there far from God when there far from the law, that means there far from Christ and means are far from God and and so he's given you a comparison of those people that are struggling with things are clearly a long way and so what's it telling you the closer you get to God the less you're going to struggle and intercourse with no faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word and automate all kind of comes together. But what is is actually look like when it has to do with closeness in an actual relationship and so when I think about this knowledge, you know, I go back to actually the first sermon I remember hearing in my entire life and my wife had asked me actually told me if I was good to marry her.
I had to go to church.
He lived in Greensboro at the time and she was everywhere trying to pick a church to go to because she had moved there from Raleigh and we went to the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. Clearly, the only reason we went. Is it look like the prettiest church and to my wife for the good of course it didn't matter to me.
And if you are reducing the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. It is a good gorgeous church. But anyway, that particular Sunday is I still find it more amazing how God orchestrated it there was a pastor emeritus by the name of Dr. redhead which gave the sermon again to this car salesman who did is about as far from God as you could get okay but he started out the sermon that really caught my attention.
Then he basically said this that you know when you pray you're supposed to listen twice as much as you talk, he said you got to ears and one mouth.
Do the math and so he gives the example of this prayer that I later you might've heard me talk about it before five slammer JAMA Katz pajama prayer and the idea he said was that if you are the picture that Jesus himself walked down this aisle and sat next to you then listen okay deceiving the keyword of what he said is your to perceive that Jesus is right next to you and actually sense I got that picture on that sermon on that day back I think it was in 1988. I've had the sense that when I pray I want to draw closer to God. That's not that's the whole idea is to get as close as possible. We talked about before, like Moses, take off your shoes. You can get holy so you can get to the holy ground are supposed to get close to God and so you know even this morning as I was actually praying to do the Christian partnership today. I still actually perceive that I'm sitting right not in today.
I perceive I'm sitting with the father and with his son and with the Holy Spirit and in that close proximity.
I listen and as I listen you know God gave me the title of today's radio show. The one I did on the Christian cardiac which the witch already knew, to some extent that I was to be talking about the idea of heavenly clothing, which is you know say yes to the dress and so forever identity was what God gave me as I grew close into him this morning and got a sense of what he wanted to do with this show and and this is a testimony that actually goes on in my life. Hopefully every day like what is it that I'm doing you know God and only pushing next to you and and since you know what it is that you see your vision for this exercise whatever is like tomorrow morning I will be teaching my special-needs class at Calvary and I will push in and and and I'll begin the just open up those two ears and listen and listen and when you're listening in present time right as it has to do with time and space so I'm in present time. I want to be in the exact same time he is and I want to be as close to him as I can possibly get. Because it is about this relationship and it is so much about my identity as his child.
Of course he wants you close right. I mean, I know it might my daughter Mariah went to Alabama to go to college. He still bear and she actually graduates in April, but it is so hard that she is so far from me. I and you want a host of close to. That's what Jesus will that's what the father want the Holy Spirit so as you draw close in his holiness. Wow, beautiful place to be in the closer you get to the long right from my log will be chased after Mr. listen