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Be Real

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An exposition on Psalm 139:23, 24

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Prolegomena

Text:
The Book
Psalms broken up into 5 books.
Book 5 —
Belongs to one of the two Davidic collections of Psalms
The Chapter
Speaks of God’s omniscience and omnipresence.
Broken up into 4 sections
vv.1-6 — the omniscience of God
vv.7-12 — the omnipresence of God
vv.13-18 — David’s response to the truths of vv.1-12
vv.19-24 — David’s dislike towards wickedness.
vv.19-22 — David’s dislike towards wicked men
vv.23-24 — David’s personal heart transformation
NOTE: Chiastic Structure. Compare verse 1 with 24.
Subject
Why does David want God to search him, know his heart, try him, and know his anxieties?
Complements
To see if there is any wicked way in him.
To lead him into the everlasting way.
Exegetical Idea
David wants God to search him, know his heart, try him, and know his anxieties so that God is able to see if there is any wicked way in him, and lead him into the everlasting way.
Homiletical Idea
Open your heart to God, and He will open His blessings to you.
Be real.
Hold nothing back.
Don’t hide from God. Let Him in.
ACTIVE GOD. Surrender to God, search.
Development of the idea
Explanation
Keyword: God’s RESPONSE to David’s prayer. Letting in. Relinquishing boundaries. Building bridges. Assertions. PETITIONS that enable God’s search.
Sermon Purpose
This coming week, the audience should pray to God with the intention of opening up their hearts to Him. Spend more time praying for relationship, and less time for results. Pray ONE of these petitions, one day each week.
PRAYER CHALLENGE.
FINAL PRAYER.
Search us.
Know Us.
Try us.
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