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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

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV)

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