I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I view myself. All of the past decisions, words said over me, mirror-thoughts, clothing choices, locker room talk, ad-campaigns…so many external sources affecting my internal conversations.
The World wants to tell you that the antidote to all this is to just believe in yourself. If we just find out who WE really are, then we can delight in that. The problem with that is that you can’t find out who you really are, without understanding your Creator, the One that made you.
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
for your enemies are my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Right reverence and awe is the beginning of wisdom
Awe is something that is good for the human soul
Humans are the only ones able to experience awe
Awe turns us from narcissism (our own concerns), and turns us to the concerns of others
We experience awe when something defies explanation.
God doesn’t have to learn, he is incapable. He is the SOURCE of all knowledge.
He also cannot forget.
God KNOWS us. David celebrates that.
God is everywhere, fully present.
Nothing is hidden from Him.
The focus of the verse 14 isn’t actually ME, it’s God.
Parents of Teens: “They either have an internal mechanism for determining right and wrong by this point, or they don’t. It’s not my job to hover.”
We are quantifiable—God is not. He is VAST, his thoughts are countless, more than the sound.
He is infinite and immeasurable.
What is the proper response to this kind of God?
AWE makes us other-focused.
Ephesians 6:12, says our battle is not against flesh and blood. It’s a spiritual battle
1 Peter 2:11, abstain from sinful desire which wage war against our souls.
Our battles are against:
Does our conception of God cause a complete hatred of sin in us? Because if it doesn’t, it’s not a complete conception.
“Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” - John Owen
The process of hating sin, and seeing God in relation to himself, is one that has to be repetitive and ongoing!
Look FIRST for what the Bible says about GOD.
The knowledge of self and the knowledge of God always go hand in hand.
As long as I am comparing myself against other people—I’ll always find people that I’m “better” than.
When I lay myself against the measuring rod of GOD HIMSELF—I’ll realize who I truly am. And I’ll cry out to God and ask for HIS help.
When I truly try to become God—a terrible thing happens.
When I try to be self-sufficient—they tell me I’m such a hard worker…
When I try to micro-manage the lives of my family—they tell me I’m so wise.
We ask the people around us to be God-like—instead of turning to God himself.
Look for daily doses of AWE.
Where do we get that?
WE HAVE HIS WORD.
Just like Adam & Eve, we reach out and try to grab fruits to make us more like God…but God is holding out fruits to us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Do a SOAP Study on Psalm 139.
Find one more Psalm that means a lot to you. Next week, share with the group about why it means so much to you.
Use www.biblegateway.com to compare bible versions of that chapter. How do they compare?