When all is said and done its not our love for God that changes us, but realizing His love for us. Most of us understand intellectually that the Bible says God loves everyone, but its another revelation altogether to feel loved by Him personally. Some may never have been able to feel that love in the first place but simply claimed by faith the promises of the gospel and marched forward obediently. Others of us, however, may have started out profoundly aware of His love but then lost it along the way. Somewhere in the middle of the trials of life we fell back into familiar religious patterns having lost that real sense of being delighted in by our God. We might find our heart has grown lonely even while actively serving Him.
Of all the heroes of the Bible there are few who seem to have grasped the depth of Gods love like David. Even his name means beloved one, and though he made severe mistakes over his lifetime, throughout all he went through, he remained firm in the conviction that God loved him. He never let go of certain truths about God and that commitment seemed to insulate him from the doubts that want to eat away at our sense of being lovable until the joy of our relationship is gone. Today in our study of Psalm 139 well look at God through Davids eyes and, hopefully, we too will see the One who calls us beloved.
What did David know about God?
1) God loved him just the way he was (vs 1-6).
- Nothing about me is hidden from You yet Youve laid your hand upon me (protection, blessing, calling).
- He who knows me best loves me most.
- God is love In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1Jn 4:8, 10).
2) God would never abandon him (vs 7-12).
- Youre with me wherever I go even into death and the life beyond.
- Youll lead and protect me through the greatest trials of my life.
- Darkness: overwhelming evil, loss of the comfort of Gods presence.
3) God had a plan for his life (vs 13-16).
- God formed his mind and body while in his mothers womb.
- His body and mind were an amazing miracle to him.
- God had designed him to fulfill a purpose.
4) God thought about him constantly through the day and even while he slept (vs 17, 18).
- Gods constant concern was precious proof of His love.
5) God had people who hated Him (vs 19-22).
- These also hated David without cause (Ps 25:1-3; 35:7; 69:4; 109:3; 119:161; 140:1-5).
- He refused to compromise his loyalty to God to gain their approval. Two of his greatest enemies were family (Saul, Absalom).
6) Gods correction was to be welcomed, not feared (vs 23, 24).
- He wanted to please God and was prepared to repent of anything of which God disapproved.
- the kindness of God leads you to repentance (Ro 2:4).
What are some of the forces that eat away at our confidence in Gods love?
1) Addictive behavior
2) Failure to achieve
3) Comparison to others
4) Rejection by others
5) Overwhelmed by the numbers
What happens when we lose the sense of being loved, delighted in?
1) Our relationship with God degrades into attempts to earn His love.
2) Romans 9:30-33
These truths, when held onto firmly by faith, will remove the doubts about Gods love and allow my heart to heal. (I wont discover Gods love by getting my act together. Ill get my act together once I discover and remain in Gods love.)