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Psalm 139

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Four Great Attributes of God

Psalm 139

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Lesson Number 100

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should acknowledge and praise the Lord for His omniscience.
  2. Believers should acknowledge and praise the Lord for His omnipresence.
  3. Believers should acknowledge and praise the Lord for His omnipotence.
  4. Believers should acknowledge and praise the Lord for His holiness.

Practical Application

  1. Are we willing to pray, “Search me, O God”?

Questions

  1. What attributes of God are highlighted in Psalm 139?
  2. Define omniscience. Define omnipresence.
  3. Is David frightened or comforted by God’s attributes?
  4. In Psalm 19 David looked to the stars as evidence of God’s omnipotence. What does he look to here?
  5. What is the result of God’s holiness in Psalm 139?

Answers

  1. • His omniscience (verses 1-6)
    • His omnipresence (verses 7-12)
    • His omnipotence (verses 13-18)
    • His holiness (verses 19-24)
  2. Omniscience means that God has complete knowledge of everything. Omnipresence means that all of God is in all places at all times.
  3. God’s omnipresence is a comfort to David (verses 11-12), he felt secure because of this truth.
  4. Here he looks to the wonderful development of the fetus in his mother’s womb to appreciate the wisdom and power of God.
  5. We see in verses 19-22 that because of God’s holiness evil men and those who hate God and His people will be destroyed.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Which of the attributes of God described in Psalm 139 is most significant to you? How does this attribute affect you as His creation?
  2. David praises God for His creation of human beings inside a mother’s womb from the beginning. How does this viewpoint differ from our society today? Consider the implication on your own view of abortion, physical and mental disabilities, physical beauty, etc.

Challenge

  1. What would the Lord find if you prayed, “Search me, O God”? Would you be willing to have God take away and change anything wicked that He found?

Key Verses

  • “O LORD, You have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1
  • “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14
  • “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

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