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I trust you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as my family was blessed to have. And as we come to our readings for today, the reasons for such thanksgivings to continue are not hard to find.
In Daniel 7:9-8:27 we read of God’s superintendence over all the nations of the earth and how He is Lord over human history. In Revelation 3:7-13 He is Lord over His Church even when she seems at her weakest. In John 11:38-57 Jesus is Lord over death itself. And in Psalm 139 we are treated to the “big three O’s” of our God; His Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence.
That’s our focus today on Through the Word in 2020. I’m Reid Ferguson.
Psalm 139 has been a favorite of mine for many years now. It’s structure is deceptively simple as it puts forth some of the most profound and comforting realities about our God in such few and easily accessible words.
vss. 1-6 serve as a survey of God’s Omniscience – how He knows EVERYTHING. Nothing is hidden from His view. Which David takes to heart in a most personal way – as you and I are meant to. He knows all of our ways – from the most mundane and personal to the most public. Intimately acquainted with us each individually. Down to when we sit down or stand up. And stunningly painted in the words of vs. 5 where David notes that His God’s hand was at work in all of David’s past, and what will be in his future, and in the present – he knows the hand of his God is on Him. So it is with every Believer.
vss. 7-12 are a survey of His Omnipresence. No matter where we go, no matter what our circumstances, in darkness or light or even in the grave – our God is with us. He is never away from us. We may not sense it, but we can know it because it is part of who and what He is by nature – the God who is everywhere at once. And that means with each of His children all of the time. You, dear Christian, are never alone.
In 13-16 David recounts God’s Omnipotence – and that, in considering his own creation. How God formed him to make the David he is. Even as God formed you, crafted you meticulously to be the you, you are.
He goes on then in 17-18 and looks at God’s personal care for His own.
And then in 19-22 The Psalmist brings the above sections to bear in his struggle with his enemies. We are meant to make this conclusion: In all we face – God knows. God is present. God is powerful to act. God loves me.
And so we see in 23-24 that such considerations produce humility, and the desire to follow after our great and wonderful God.
Humility, and profound confidence. Beloved, your God is completely omniscient – He knows everything, and everything which concerns you. He is omnipresent – with you at all times and in every place. Omnipotent, and never without power to act on your behalf. And He loves you.
O – O – O. What a God.
God willing, we’ll be back tomorrow.