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Standing in Awe of God (Psalm 139:1-24)

John Beiler, April 28, 2013
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Standing in Awe of God
April 28, 2013
John David Beiler
Text: Psalm 139
Awe means a mixture of wonder and dread. Some synonyms are wonder, admiration, respect and reverence.
God is: 1. omniscience
2. omnipresent
3. omnipotent
God knows everything.
Are we allowing God to search us as David did into
his life?
vs. 16 God knows about us even before we are born.
vs. 6 His knowledge is beyond us.
God is present everywhere.
vs. 7 Where can I go?
Jer. 23 talks about a God who is very near to us.
Jonah was used as an example. Naturally you want to run away if we aren't doing what is right.
God is all-powerful.
God gives life by just speaking the word. He is our Lord and our Redeemer. Nothing is too difficult.
How should we respond to God's greatness?
1. Humbly and reverently come before Him.
2. Boldly take a stand with Him.
David opens and closes Psalm 139 with standing in awe. He explored who God was and then responded in worship.
We need to give up our own ideas. God's greatness calls for the same worship today. Do I have barriers that keep me
from responding?
Let's let Him- Probe us. Examine us.
Thank Him! Respond with worship and righteousness.
--Alison Hershberger

Psalm 139:1-24

1O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. 21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (KJV)

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