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OMNIPRESENCE, AND OMNIPOTENCE


By Pastor Danny Bezet

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
- Psalm 139:14
 

Nowhere is Scripture is it more evident that man is surrounded by God, influenced by His Spirit, and under His control than in Psalm 139.  Man is the workmanship of God and is under His careful eye at all times.  The power of the conscience, the sense of sin, the responsibilities that are felt and acknowledged, and the prayers we pray are not only toward the One who is our Judge, but also to the One who is our Friend.
 
He is the One who is feared above all, yet is loved above all.
 
The beautiful words in this Psalm and the loftiness of the thoughts expressed have caused many to hold it as the crown of all the Psalms.
 
I – THE PERFECT OMNISCIENCE OF GOD – He Is All-Knowing
 
O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  Psalms 139:1-6

There is no way any human mind and tongue could cover the total teaching on this subject.  All that we will attempt to do here is address those parts of God’s omniscience that the Psalmist mentions.  We will point out some practical applications of this truth to our life.
 
A – God Knows All Men
 
David speaks of himself, but not of himself alone.  This Psalm was intended to be set to music and used in public worship.  These words are to be adopted by every man.  Every man can truthfully say,
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.”
 
No creature is ever out of His sight; their person and deeds stand naked and open before Him. 
 
B – God Knows All Men Thoroughly
 
HE KNOWS EVERY WORD AND ACTION OF EVERY MAN

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.  Psalms 139:3-4

The course of every human life and every step of every man is perfectly known to God.  Not a word uttered will escape His ears.
 
HE KNOWS EVERY THOUGH OF EVERY MAN

… thou understandest my thought afar off.  Psalms 139:2

There may seem to be a great distance between God and man, but that distance does not prevent His from being the Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  God is not confined to Heaven living in His own world and unconcerned about ours. He is interested in and takes note of even our every thought.
 
He knows every good and pure thought, as well as every wicked and evil thought.  He knows every good feeling as well as every impure and evil feeling.  Man may be able to know what we hear and what comes out of us, but God knows how those things work within us. 
 
Before Him we are as glass and He sees and knows every part.
 
C – God Knows All Men Constantly
 
At all times and under all circumstances, God knows everything about us.  He knows us as we work, as we rest, and every step of our daily walk. 
 
Thou knowest my downsitting (for rest) and mine uprising (for action)…  Psalms 139:2

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  Psalms 139:3

God knows our path and our bed, our thoughts and our feelings, our work and our play.  We are altogether and always known unto Him. 
 
We receive our knowledge from teachers, media, and literature, but God knowledge is independent as Himself; it comes from Himself alone. 
 
The Bible says we see through a glass darkly and can only know in part, but God knows all things clearly, distinctly and perfectly.  This knowledge is too high and too wonderful for us.  We could never comprehend it.  Any attempt to gain such knowledge can only result in total failure.
 
We can only cry out as Paul:
 
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  Romans 11:33

When we realize the knowledge of God we see how vain it is for any man to boast of his pitiful knowledge.  What we know is almost nothing compared to what we do not know and never could know.  Our boasting about our knowledge is like a stream boasting before the ocean.
 
How silly and senseless it is for a man to think that he can hide his sins from God.  By dong deeds in darkness, man thinks that God cannot see, forgetting that He is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  May the fact that God always knows everything cause us to pause before we sin and belive we can hide it from God.

Secrecy does not hide anything from God, hypocrisy does not deceive Him and time does not cause him to forget.  He knows all and every sin will have to be answered for, unless it is pardoned by His grace.  What an awesome consideration to think that our every deed is on the record of the God of infallible understanding knows them all.  What a warning to every may to live right and always be ready to repent!
 
It is also silly and senseless for any man to think that he can justify himself in the sight of God.  Every secret sin is bear in the light of God; He sees every defect and imperfection, even in the best we can do. 
 
But what a blessing it is to know that even when we are falsely accused and lied about, God knows the truth.  Many times we are misjudged by others, but it is comforting to be able to turn to our God who knows the beginning from the end.
 
Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. Job 16:19

No matter what others may do or say, our cause is in the hands of God and He knows everything and is full of mercy.
 
This is as encouragement and a guarantee to every Christian.  GOD KNOWS, BUT HE ALSO CARES!  He knows our weakness and is ready to sustain us, He knows us in our need and is ready to provide for us, He knows us in our danger and is ready to rescue us, and He knows us in our sorrow and is ready to comfort us. 
 
The knowledge of God prompts us to trust Him.  Every dark and wicked plan of the enemy is known to Him and nothing will ever take Him by surprise.  The wickedness of Hell itself can never baffle Him; He will make all their plans and deeds of no effect. 
 
The omniscience of God assures us of victory and that all things are under His control. 
 

II – THE PERFECT OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD – He Is Everywhere, All The Time
 
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  Psalms 139:7-12

David presents this great truth in a language of great force and beauty.
 
A – God Is Personally Present Everywhere
 
God is not a fairy tale, He is not a make-believe creature, He is a real person that is present everywhere.  Listen to the words David speaks,
“Thy Spirit … Thy presence … Thou art there … Darkness hideth not from Thee.”  God is everywhere!
 
All things have their being in Him, but He is distinct from all things. He fills the universe, but He is not mingled with it.  He guides and sustains all things, but His personality is above all things. He is independent from all the works of His hands.

Here is an illustration to explain this truth:  Light can shine through a crystal, it shines in every part, encircles it on every side, yet they never become the same. The light will remain light and the crystal will remain crystal. 
 
God is in us, not as a part of us, but as an efficient and preserving force. 
 
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Acts 17:28

We live and more in God, but we are not God.  He is present in us and everywhere.
 
B – God Is Influentially Present Everywhere
 
No matter where we are, we are led and sustained by God. 
 
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  Psalms 139:10

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

…upholding all things by the word of his power…  Hebrews 1:3

He is everywhere present controlling everything.  He can restrain and overrule any evil. All goodness originates with Him.
 
C – God Is Intelligently Present Everywhere
 
David expresses his assurance that wherever he may be, whatever his circumstances may be, he will always be known to God. 
 
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Psalms 139:11

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.  Proverbs 15:3

With one look, God can see everything.  He sees in the highest places, sees in the lowest places, in the bright and in the dark places, His eyes are everywhere.
 
D – God’s Presence Is Realized Everywhere
 
This is not a mere opinion of the Psalmist, it is not a doctrinal creed; it is a real fact. 
 
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  Psalms 139:7

He, as well as every other man, could feel the presence of God everywhere.  In every step and in every circumstance, we can feel and know the presence of God.  He is larger that all time and space.
 
Again, the ever presence of God should restrain us from evil. There is no darkness dark enough to hide an evil deed from God.  There is no distance too great that He cannot see what we do.  He is perfectly Holy and He sees every thing that is unholy.
 
The ever presence of God should humble us; it should make us realize how small we are to Him.  When placed along side of Him, we are almost non-existent.  His greatness ought to bring us to our knees in reverence of Him.
 
The ever presence of God should comfort and strengthen us.  In our most severe trial or most painful loneliness or most difficult duty, God is always with us.  He goes with His people into the furnace of affliction, into the heat of battle, and into the valley of despair. 
 
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  Isaiah 43:2

When exiled from friends, forsake by family, or attacked by foes, His presence is never withdrawn.  If we are call to a difficult task, He assures us that He will go with us. The success of the great servants past and present is the realization that God was with them.
 
The ever presence of God should make our walk holy.  Knowing that God is always near us ought to make us brave and loyal subjects.  He is there is inspire, aid, and bless.  His presence inspires our reverence and strengthens our faith.
 
Let me say here that while God’s presence in our everyday life should humble, excite, and comfort us, His presence in the House of God ought to do much more.  It is in Church that we are to willingly expose ourselves to His examination. 
 
Church is where the King comes to meet with His subjects.  He knows the motives that brought you there, He knows the condition of your heart while you are there, and He knows what you will do with what He gives you there.  He knows if you have prayed and He knows if your singing is the result of the melody in your heart. 
 
Another point is that the first thought of the sinner is,
“How shall I escape.”  The Christian has the Spirit to draw Him into God’s sweet presence.  What a blessing it is to hope in His mercy instead of fleeing from His wrath.
 
The presence that soothes, comforts, encourages, and strengthens the soul of the Christian, will interrupt, record, and vex the soul of the sinner.  His presence is felt by everyone.

III – THE PERFECT OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD – He Is All-Powerful
 
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  Psalms 139:13-16

A – Man Is A Creation Of God
 
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  Psalms 139:13

MAN WAS CREATED ACCORDING TO GOD’S DESIGN

Man is no accident, He knew who and what we would be before we were born.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalms 139:14

MAN WAS CREATED UNDER GOD’S INSPECTION

Nothing is done without the eye of God upon it.  He does not have to give His approval after the fact; He is the fact!  In the secret of the womb, God superintended the creation of every man.
 
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Psalms 139:15

MAN WAS CREATED BY GOD’S POWER

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  Psalms 139:13

God is the Author of our being; our human parents are just His instruments to accomplish His will. 
 
B – Man Is A Wonderful Creation Of God
 
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalms 139:14

MAN’S BODY IS A WONDERFUL CREATION

The wonder and complexity of every part of the body and that fact that God knew it all before creation is beyond the human mind.

The body is like a wonderful machine that goes day and night, your heart alone beats over one hundred thousand times every day.  For an average of seventy years, the body is able to function with an amazing endurance. 
 
The arrangement of bones and muscles and how they are connected to each other and act to support each other is far beyond what our limited minds could imagine.  What it takes just for us to take in and exhale one breath is an amazing performance. 
 
Think about the function of our eyes and ears, the structure of our hands, the durability of our skin, and the process of our brain.  We are a wonderful creation.
 
Then there is the fact that the human body is constantly changing. Growth and age cause these changes throughout our entire life.  The body is always complete, yet it is always under change and repair.  Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
 
MAN’S SOUL IS WONDERFULLY MADE

That which thinks, feels, desires, and resolves is what we call the soul.  We cannot put our finger on it, it has neither shape or size; it is a great mystery.  But it’s great power enables us to remember, reflect, reason, anticipate, imagine, etc. 
 
THE UNION OF THE SOUL AND BODY IS A WONDERFUL CREATION

There are as different as night and day, yet they are united.  This is what makes us unique from all other creatures. 
 
C – Because Man Is A Creation Of God, He Should Praise His Creator
 
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalms 139:14

The creation of man is a clear display of the wisdom, power, and goodness of God.  Because of that, our reaction should be, wonder, admiration, gratitude, and praise.  The highest praise we can give Him is to offer back to Him and devotion and service what He has created.
 
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Romans 12:1-2

The person that seeks to be in the perfect will of God is one that is offering the truest and highest praise.
 
God is truly all-powerful:  He has perfect knowledge of man – He created him.
 

IV – THE PRECIOUSNESS AND NUMBER OF GOD’S THOUGHTS
 
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  Psalms 139:17-18

It is impossible for us to know the thought process of God as He created man and the earth upon which man dwells.  When we think of how small we are compared to the whole of creation, we should be overwhelmed at the preciousness of God’s thoughts toward us.
 
The universe is the revelation of the wisdom, goodness, and beauty of God’s thoughts toward us.  The redemption plan of God is also the revelation of the preciousness of His thoughts toward us.Jesus is the proof of the preciousness of God’s thoughts toward us.
 
Purity, tenderness, love, righteousness, and majesty shine forth in the precious thoughts of God toward man. 
 
A – The Preciousness Of God’s Thoughts
 
HIS THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF THEIR ORIGINALITY

Nothing caused Him to think on us, he does it because He is God and there is nothing new with Him.  God’s thoughts are absolutely original.  Only God could think of the creation, redemption, and the blessing of man.
 
HIS THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF THEIR MORAL EXCELLENCE

There are many great thinkers, even the Devil is a great thinker, but their thoughts are not precious.  God’s thoughts combine the highest intellectual power with the mot supreme moral excellence.  Every idea of God is perfect, true, righteous, and beautiful.

 HIS THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF THEIR PRACTICALNESS AND THEIR USEFULNESS

There are many deep thinkers in the world today that spend a lot of time thinking about things that are impractical and useless.  Their thoughts may impress everyone, but the truth is, most of them do not work.  But God’s thoughts are all practical and practicable.
 
We see this clearly in nature, in history, and in redemption.  Every plan of God is perfect in it’s concept and in it’s fulfillment. 
 
HIS THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF THEIR INFLUENCE UPON OUR THOUGHTS

The mind of God is what quickens our mind.  The Bible is the reflection of the thoughts of God and that Book stimulates the good and right thoughts of man.  The grandest thoughts of man have been inspired from the Word of God. 
 
Without the thoughts of God, our thoughts will be wild, wicked, woeful, and wasteful.  Our ideas of life, the soul and eternity are regulated by the revealed thoughts of God in the Bible.  All other ideas are of no value.
 
HIS THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS BECAUSE OF THEIR GENEROSITY

His thoughts have produced:
Forgiveness for the guilty
Holiness of the depraved
Rest for the weary
Hope for the defeated
Comfort for the hurting
 
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:9

B – The Number Of God’s Thoughts
 
… O God! how great is the sum of them!  Psalms 139:17

If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand…  Psalms 139:18

Many of God’s thoughts are clearly revealed to us in His Word, many other of His thoughts are revealed to us by His Spirit, but we could never have the capacity or ability to receive all of God’s thoughts.  His mind is infinite and past finding out. 

His thoughts are not only more in number than we can count, they are greater in meaning that we can comprehend.  The human mind can never have the time, capacity, or the ability to number or comprehend the thoughts of God. 
 
But one day we have the promise that we will see Him as He is and be like Him.  Then His thoughts will be ours.  Now we see through a glass darkly, but when we see Him, we will see everything.  When we consider the preciousness of just one of God’s thoughts, redemption; how much more precious must be the whole of them?
 
C – The realization Of God’s Presence
 
… when I awake, I am still with thee.  Psalms 139:18

Every new daybreak finds us still in the presence of God.  Every new day prompts us to praise, wonder, meditation, and admiration of His wisdom and goodness.  The continual presence of God gives us assurance, comfort, refreshment, and strength.
 
May we rejoice in the thoughts of God, even though we may not understand all of them.  Some of them are mysterious, some may be painful, but the fact that they are His thoughts makes them wonderful. 
 

V – THE PSALMIST’S VIEW OF THE WICKED
 
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.  For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.  Psalms 139:19-22

Strangely and abruptly the Psalmist goes from speaking about the precious thoughts of God toward man to the statement that God will violently overtake the wicked.  This passage startles many for two reasons.  First, it is so contrary to the spirit of the New Testament. Secondly, it is so contrary to the soft politically correct mind-set of modern society.
 
Just because these verses my startle us does not mean that they are not instructive.  Too often we look at these kinds of verses and just skip over them because we don’t want to deal with them.
 
David was surrounded with enemies that were threatening his life.  He had been driven from his throne by those that hated him and his God.  The terrible wrong of his enemies caused him to call for the righteous judgment of God.  The more ground that the enemy gains, the more God’s people ought to look for Victory over the enemy.
 
I do not believe that David’s call for the utter defeat of his enemies came from a personal resentment for the wrongs that had been done to him, but from an intense hatred for evil.  As the wicked increase their attacks on God’s people, their hatred for God grows more intense. 
 
The Christian will quickly place himself on the side of God and set himself clearly against God’s enemies. 
 
But because of Jesus and the teaching of the New Testament, a prayer for God to kill the wicked can never be a prayer of the Christian.  Jesus died for them because He loved them and He teaches us to love them also.
 
A – The Character Of The Wicked
 
While we are to love them, we must never forget their character. We are to witness to them and ask God to save them, but we must never become close friends with them or partake of their evil deeds.
 
THEY ARE CRUEL
David described them as “Bloody men.”  He was saying that they were bloodthirsty enemies of God. Because of their character, God has some harsh words against them:
 
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.  Psalms 5:6

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:  Psalms 26:9

But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.  Psalms 55:23
THEY ARE REBELLIOUS

Just as in the time of David, our society is filled with those that speak against God and the Bible openly and wickedly.  It is as though they shake their fist in the face of God and defy Him at every turn. The wicked rebel at the authority of the God of Heaven.  They do not want to submit to Hid rule and Lordship.
 
THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF GOD

David’s remakes were directed to those that hated God.  It is the worst kind of wickedness to hate the God of infinite wisdom, truth, righteousness and love.  Wicked people hate God and His Law that condemns them.  They hate the mention of God because it condemns them.  They hate the presence of the people of God because that presence condemns them.
 
B – The End Of The Wicked
 
Although we are not to pray for it, death is exactly what will be the end of the wicked if they do not get saved.  There is no doubt that the Bible, the Old and the New Testaments, assure that the wicked will be destroyed and cast into eternal death and damnation. 
 
There is no doubt that God has promised punishment for the wicked. That punishment is many times manifested here on this earth, but it will be definitely manifested as they are cast into Hell.  Our society may not like this concept, but God will severely punish the wicked.
 
God will destroy the wicked by destroying their wickedness.  That will be done as they are sentenced to eternal punishment, or it will be done when they turn from that wickedness to Christ.  Christ can destroy His enemies by making them His friends.
 
One way or the other, the wicked will be destroyed:
 
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Corinthians 15:25

C – The Wicked Are To Be Avoided
 
… depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.  Psalms 139:19

We are to separate from the wicked for the following reasons:
A DESIRE FOR OUR OWN SAFETY

The wicked have a dark and tragic future.  We are not to be associated with them, what they do, or what will happen to them.
 
BECAUSE WE LOVE GOD

If we love God we cannot possibly be associated with those that hate Him. Those that truly love God will not be attracted to those that hate Him.
 
WE HAVE A DIFFERENT CHARACTER
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  2 Corinthians 6:14

The character of the Godly is not compatible with the character of the ungodly. 
 
One of two things will happen when the righteous and the unrighteous dwell together.  The righteous will forsake his way or the unrighteous will forsake his way
 
The Bible tells us which way it is to be:
 
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah 55:7

VI – THE PRAYER OF THE UPRIGHT
 
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalms 139:23-24

A – The Request For Divine Examination
 
There are some reasons for requesting this examination:
 
SINCERITY

That person that is deceptive and inflated with his own ego will never ask for such an examination.  It will only be requested by a person that is in the sincere search of the condition of his own heart and a person that seeks integrity with God.
 
Such a request requires a sincere desire to make the changes that the search will reveal.
 
OUR DISTRUST OF SELF

We are never to trust what we think of ourselves. 
 
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9

We are prone to go the wrong way and to deceive ourselves.  We must appeal to God to show us our error and reveal our true spiritual condition.  He is perfect and infallible and the only One worthy to make the examination.
 
OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD

It is a rare thing to find a person that will boldly offer himself to God for examination.  It is a fact that God knows every thing about us, but few will freely ask Him to expose it all.  On the other side of the coin, there are some things that we may be able to share with others, but we have great consolation that God knows them.
 
B – The Desire For Freedom From Evil
 
This seems to be the implication as David asks God to see if there was any wicked way in him.  He wants that wicked way exposed and done away with.  Sometimes we may not be aware of that thing in our lives that displeases God.  We should want Him to reveal it to us so we might remove it.
 
There may be something in our lives that may, if left there, cause us pain and grief.  A wicked way causes pain or injury, for us or for others.  The Bible says that the way of the transgressor is hard. David wanted to be free from that.
 
One unguarded entrance to a city will be an opportunity for the enemy to invade and cause ruin.  One unguarded part of our life will be a entrance for evil to enter and cause ruin.  We must have a desire to be free of all wickedness.
 
C – The Request For Divine Guidance In The Way Of Righteousness
 
The desire of every Christian should be to walk in the way of God’s righteousness.  It is the way of blessing, peace, and joy. 
 
WE NEED GOD’S GUIDANCE
David sought for the leadership of God.  We are exposed to temptation and prone to go astray. God knows all about us and the way we should travel and we need His guidance. 
 
LORD, LEAD THE WAY
 
May I daily seek to be led in the path of right
Because I will stumble if I walk alone
Sometimes my path leads through the dark night
I need your hand to guide me safely on
 
I want to be led toward your sweet rest
Though rough and steep my path may be
In pain and sorrow you know what is best
So let my walk be a walk with Thee.
 
D – The Need For Such A Prayer
 
This request was a very personal request.  We will not have to travel too far before we realize that we need God to show us our sin and guide our path.  If we consider our own hearts and know all the thoughts, desires, and emotions that are constantly working in us, we will quickly acknowledge our need for His help.
 
The proof of our need is the fact that so many times we harbor sin in our lives and we find that we cherish it. 

Only God can stir us to the point that we will willingly part with our hidden sins.  Even if the sin is not clearly known to us, we must rid ourselves of it before God can use us like He wants to.  Every great servant of God realizes that there may be evil lurking within.
 
The evidence of salvation is the pressure that sin puts on our lives. A lost person will think nothing of it, but a saved person will shutter at even the thought of it being present. The saved person longs to be free from sin.  Now it is a daily battle, but one day the battle will be won.
 
We are looking for the day when we shall see Him and be like He is, but until then, we need Him to expose our sin and free us from it.
 
E – The Manner In Which Such A Prayer Is Answered
 
As we have said, God knows our heart, but how does He let us know what He knows?  God’s Word is what He uses to bring conviction of the sin that is in our lives, whether it be known or unknown.  The Word of God searches the depths of the human heart and teaches us our need for repentance.
 
Every man at one time or another has a cherished sin in his heart. It may not be a practiced sin, but it is still present.  It may be secret, unrevealed, and seldom thought about, but it is still sin.  The Word of God has a way of seeking out that sin and dragging it into the light. 
 
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

Every Christian, if they are honest, feels the pointed accusation of God as they read these verses.  You know that there is evil within you, or at least the possibility of it. If you are spiritual, you want to know what it is and how to get rid of it. 
 
The way that happens is by the application of the Word of God in our lives. 
 

VII – THE WICKED WAY IN US
 
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalms 139:24

Every man has a war raging in him, the battle of good and evil.  There is a seed of unbelief in each of us that need to be removed. There is vanity and pride in us that will destroy us if we do not pluck it out.  There is selfishness in us that will lead us down the wrong road if we don’t not beat it into subjection.

There is worldliness in us that our flesh wants to pursue.  There is laziness that will cause us hunger and shame.  There is self-dependence that will dishonor God.  There is disobedience that will lead us to justify our sin. 
 
There is no argument; these things come into every life, even the best of Christians.  These are things from which we need to be delivered.  That is why we must make it a practice to go to god often and in sincerity and make the same request that David made, “See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” 
 
We want Him to enlighten the dark things in our life.
We want Him to correct any error.
We want Him to remove that which will harm us.
We want Him to take away that which will shame us.
We want Him to purge that which is impure.
 
We want all things that are opposed to His Word and will removed from our lives.  There can be no better goal, no greater wisdom, and no richer blessing that to be clean and right with God. 
 
We must remember that when there is unholiness within, there will be unholiness without.
If there is an unsound heart within, there will be unsound character without.


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