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Psalms, chapter 76


Knowing God.I know He loves me and cares for me.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 76, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great.” (Psalms 76:1 NIV).

Challenge: 

To know and enjoy more of God. 

Historical commentary. – Psalm 76 is a prayer of Thanksgiving which celebrates victory over the enemies, in this case, on the Assyrian army led by King Sennacherib the year 701 BC. (See PR 266, 267, cf. CS 25, 26). However, the psalmist contemplates beyond the immediate victory and looks forward to to future victories. 

What should we know about God? – God is known or “made known” because He reveals Himself to us. Lets examine four aspects of God and enjoy what little we know about Him. 

1. Knowing who he is – know God through His divine attributes: immutability, eternity, immensity, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, love, holiness, knowledge, justice, truth, will and sovereignty. 

2. Knowing your will. – The study of the Scriptures is the divinely given means to bring men into closer connection with their Creator and to give them a clearer knowledge of His will. It is the channel of communication between God and man CS 66.

3. Knowing of His love. – For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts, being rooted and grounded in love, may we be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge Ephesians 3: 14-19.

4. Knowing the plan of salvation. – “We have an inexhaustible comforter  an ocean of love in the God of our salvation. He has placed in the hands of Christ all the treasures of heavenly and says: All this is for men to convince my love for the fallen and sinful … and I work and labor for their happiness. The happiness of man is to know Jesus and God who sent Him.  AFC 337.

Prayer 

Eternal God and loving father. Thanks for the privilege of being called your children. Open our minds to understand the wonders You do on our behalf. I want to know you on this earth and enjoy your company for eternity. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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