Knowing God: The PromiseWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Dec 18, 2016 in - No Comments
A. Psalm 119:9-16 reminded us of “the walk.” Psalm 119:33-40 reminded us of “the desire.” Both are necessary to know God.
B. If we are going to know God and follow Him, however, there is a promise we must make, as well. Not surprisingly, it involves the Word of God.
C. Even when we become a Christian, we must continue to draw nearer to God. From Psalm 119:57-64, we will notice two related promises we must make if we are going to draw nearer to God daily.
A. I Promise to Know the Word of God (Psalm 119:57).
1. David promised to keep the words of God, reminding us of Psalm 119:11 of this same poem.
2. We are commanded to “study” if we are going to be pleasing to the Lord, and we need to study so that we may, individually, grow closer to Him.
3. In 2017, why not promise to read through the Word of God. Or make the promise to study one or two books of the Bible in-depth for the entire year.
4. Why? The first part of the verse: “The Lord is my portion.” Literally, God is my all! (see Colossians 3:4)
5. If God is my all, I will spend time seeking Him through His Word constantly.
B. I Promise to Obey the Word of God (Psalm 119:59-60).
1. Knowing the Bible is one thing. Doing it is another.
2. David said, “When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies.” Any time David turned his feet elsewhere, it led to problems.
3. Are we ready to “hasten” and “not delay” to keep the commandments of God? In every relationship? In every circumstance? No matter the ramifications?
A. I want to know God. To do that,
1. I will slow down and walk with Him (Psalm 119:10),
2. I will have the deepest desire to know Him (Psalm 119:40), and
3. I will promise to spend time seeking Him through His Word and obey His will (Psalm 119:57).
B. That’s what truly makes a person blessed! (Psalm 1)