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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalm 139:23-24

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"SEARCH ME O GOD"
Intro: Whole psalm a prayer.
I. BEGINS WITH RECOGNITION; GOD KNOWS ME BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF.
A. "O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me."
1. You know my highs and my lows.
2. You know the origins of my thoughts.
3. You surround my life, whether asleep or awake.
4. Before I speak, you know what I am going to say.
5. You totally encompass my life.
B. Such knowledge is too much for me, I cannot attain it.
1. What knowledge? Self knowledge!
a. Socrates said, "Man, know thyself."
2. The hardest knowledge to attain is self knowledge.
3. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and who can know it?" - desperately wicked
4. The Bible warns many times against being deceived.
a. "Be not deceived, God is not mocked..."
b. "If we say we,, have no sin, we deceive ourselves..."
5. Have you ever asked yourself, "Why did I do that?"
6. Have you ever said, "I don't know why I did it."
a. Sometimes we may use that as a cover because the true motive was so horrible, we don't want to admit to it.
b. Other times we just don't know.
7. How thoroughly God knows us. Wonder of wonders, He still loves us.
II. "SEARCH ME O GOD AND KNOW MY HEART" IS THE PRAYER OF THE MAN WHO RECOGNIZES THAT HE DOESN'T KNOW HIMSELF.
A. There is one area I must make certain I am not deceived.
1. Concerning my eternal destiny, "the way everlasting."
2. Recognizing that God will surely destroy the wicked he prays, " See if there be any wicked..."
3. "There is a way that seemeth right unto man..."
B. Many people are deceived concerning their relationship to God and eternal destiny.
1. They claim to have fellowship with light as they walk in darkness.
a. They feel they are exempt from God's laws.
b. They try to bring light and darkness together.
2. Many people who have spent their life in church will spend their eternity in hell.
3. The works of the flesh, adultery, fornication, hatred, wrath, strife, jealousies, envying, drunkenness, revellings, "I tell you again..."
4. You may say, pastor, aren't you getting a little heavy this morning?
a. It's God's Word.
b. I would rather you be upset with me now than later.
C. There is a way everlasting.
1. Straight is the gate, narrow is the way.
2. There is a false way, broad and wide.
3. How can I be sure?
4. Jesus said, "I am the way..."
Search me O God.
Sermon Notes for Psalm 139:1-10 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Psalm 144:15 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Job 1:20-22 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Proverbs 1:7 Next Book →
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