Acknowledging God 8/24/08 a.m.
Pr 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, ...
ac•knowl•edge \ik-ˈnä-lij, ak-\ vt -edged; -edg•ing [ac- (as in accord) + knowledge] 15c
1 : to recognize the rights, authority, or status of
2 : to disclose knowledge of or agreement with
3 a : to express gratitude or obligation for 〈acknowledge a gift〉
b : to take notice of 〈failed to acknowledge my greeting〉
c : to make known the receipt of 〈acknowledge a letter〉
4 : to recognize as genuine or valid 〈acknowledge a debt〉
syn acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one’s will or inclination.
acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed 〈acknowledged an earlier peccadillo〉.
admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usu. to facts rather than their implications 〈admitted the project was over budget〉.
own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself 〈must own I know little about computers〉.
avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about 〈avowed that he was a revolutionary〉.
confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt 〈confessed a weakness for sweets〉.
The Lord told Solomon to know God, serve God, and seek God.
1 Ch 28:9 9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
To acknowledge Him is to;
1 Know Him
2 Serve Him
3 Seek Him
1 Know God - Thanksgiving
Jas 1:16-17 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, ….
Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
Le 22:29 9 And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Ne 11:17 17 Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the leader who began the thanksgiving with prayer;
Psalms of Thanksgiving (sacred poems)
Ne 12:8 8 Moreover the Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who led the thanksgiving psalms, he and his brethren.
Choirs of Thanksgiving
Ne 12:31 31 So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs.
Voice of Thanksgiving
Ps 26:7 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
And tell of all Your wondrous works.
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever.
Re 7:11-12 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
He is your praise
Dt 10:21 21 He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
Praise Him with the dance, the trumpet, timbrel, loud, clashing cymbals,
harp, instruments of ten strings, a new song & with a shout of joy
Ps 149:3-4 3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
Ps 33:1-3 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!For praise from the upright is beautiful. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
Ps 150:1-6 1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
The result of praise
Ps 40:3 3 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.
2 Serve Him - Recognition – obedience & application
Ro 2:13 3 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;
Jas 1:22-25 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Serve Him with all your heart
1 Sa 12:24-25 24 Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
Commit your works to the Lord
Pr 16:3 3Commit your works (Roll) to the Lord,
Ps 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him,
1 Pe 5:6 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU THINK,
Pr 4:23 23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY,
Pr 4:2424 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SEE,
Pr 4:2525 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU GO,
Pr 4:2626 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO
Pr 4:2727 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
3 Seek Him - for Direction, for His will,
Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Php 4:6 6 in everything by prayer and supplication,
Mt 7:7-8 7 “Ask, seek, knock, .
2 Ch 15:1-2 “Hear me, The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you;
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